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Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (original title)
A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell (1995).

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (manga) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Atsuko Tanaka ... Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batou (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi Masato Yamanouchi ... Foreign Minister (voice)
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Diplomat (voice)
Yoshiko Sakakibara ... The Puppet Master (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Garbage Collector A (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Garbage Collector B (voice)
Maaya Sakamoto ... Motoko Kusanagi (young) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Bulen ... Section 9 Staff Cyberneticist / Coroner (voice)
Gina Connell Gina Connell ... Additional Voices (voice)
Stephen Davis Stephen Davis ... Diplomat (voice)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn ... (voice) (as Dorothy Gabriel)
Richard Epcar Richard Epcar ... Batou (voice)
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Storyline

A hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner. This film is a revised version of Ghost in the Shell (1995).

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Taglines:

The cyberpunk classic that inspired 'The Matrix', reworked for today!


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 July 2008 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$489,807
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The lyrics to the title song "Making of a Cyborg" were written in ancient Japanese. The romanized Japanese lyrics are as follows: A ga maeba, kuwashime yoini keri A ga maeba, teru tsuki toyomu nari Yobai ni kami amakudarite Yoha ake, nuedori naku. Tôkamiemitame (x4). English translation: When you are dancing, a beautiful lady becomes drunken. When you are dancing, a shining moon rings. A god descends for a wedding And dawn approaches while the night bird sings. God bless you (x4). See more »

Goofs

When the Section 9 members discuss about the "host shell" female cyborg, there's a shot with the brain hologram out of focus in the foreground. In this shot, the original (1995 movie) hologram is shown, instead of the new CGI one. See more »

Quotes

Batou: Get out of the fucking way!
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References Total Recall (1990) See more »

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Not much different from the original GITS, so still great!
13 June 2010 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

As many have noted in their comments, the new CGI in this remastered version of the original Ghost in the Shell movie do more harm to the film than good. I mean, they are nice and all, but they don't add anything to the story and they contract strongly with the original animation.

This being said, the movie is almost the same, so just as great. As a subject it is one of the masterpieces of modern sci-fi. One of my favourite films, GitS spawned two films and a series just as great, all adding more to the initial exploration of the human soul in the face of ever more complex and intrusive technology.

I believe its beauty stands in the many levels that the film can be perceived at. If you are looking for flashy technology, police procedure and explosions, you have them all. If you are looking for dark political intrigue, there is plenty of it. If you are going for more philosophical aspects, like the source of the self, the true spring of identity and consciousness, that is at the very heart of the story. It's a win win situation. I can hardly wait for the film that is to be filmed in 2011. I just hope they don't turn it into some mellow brainless thing, like so many movies nowadays.

Bottom line: I've seen the original a long time ago, so I can hardly comment on the differences. My advice to you is to watch either of them, because it is totally worth it.


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