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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Kôkaku Kidôtai (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Crime | 29 March 1996 (USA)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director:

Mamoru Oshii

Writers:

Shirow Masamune (based on the manga by) (as Masamune Shirow), Kazunori Itô (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Atsuko Tanaka ... Kusanagi Motoko (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Batô (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Togusa (voice)
Yutaka Nakano Yutaka Nakano ... Ishikawa (voice)
Tamio Ôki Tamio Ôki ... Aramaki (voice)
Tesshô Genda ... Nakamura buchô (voice)
Namaki Masakazu Namaki Masakazu ... Urisu hakase (voice)
Masato Yamanouchi Masato Yamanouchi ... Gaimu daijin (voice)
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Gaikôkan (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Daida Mizuho (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Seisô kyokuin (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Seisô kyokuin (voice)
Hiroshi Yanaka Hiroshi Yanaka ... Kenshi-kan (voice)
Ginzô Matsuo Ginzô Matsuo ... Ossan (voice)
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Jikkô-han (voice)
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Storyline

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kasunagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes. Written by grantss

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Who are you? Who slips into my robot body and whispers to my ghost? See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Japan | UK

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghost in the Shell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,736, 4 February 1996

Gross USA:

$515,905

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$515,905
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (Original Japanese)| Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) (English Dub)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reason why some parts of the city are flooded-out, is due to the seldom mentioned typhoon that occurred at the same time of the events to the anime movie. See more »

Goofs

In some shots, Batou appears to be wearing gloves with holes for the knuckles. In other shots, there appear to be no holes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: In the near future: Corporate networks reach out to the stars, electrons and light flow throughout the universe. - The advance of computerisation, however, has not yet wiped out nations and ethnic groups.
Dispatcher: [on radio] To all units: Code 2-0-8 in district C-13, Newport City. Air space is closed. I repeat...
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Alternate Versions

The movie was released in Germany on VHS by Manga Video. The version was uncut, though it was rated 16. There was a second release by Ascot, the movie, the package design and everything was exactly the same, except that this version was rated 18, but the disclaimer at the beginning still showed the 16 rating. Further more Ascot replaced the Manga Entertainment logo at the beginning of the movie and the credits scroll down to their full length where Manga cut them a bit. It seams like the Ascot-Video was intended for rental-use only. See more »

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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Titanic - 1ª Edición (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Open theme song
The lyrics is ancient Japanese wedding prayer and music is Bulgarian style arranged in traditional Japanese notes.
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The manga for the masses.
30 July 2002 | by Luke-WalkerSee all my reviews

This is the most beautiful film i've ever seen.

There, i've said it. Watch it and be awed at how amazingly detailed and fluid the whole film is. Never does it falter in the art department. The colours are just right, the peoples movements are so real its scary, and sometimes the strong story of the film cant fit all this beauty in and so it releases it entirely in a magical scene in the middle of the film with no dialogue and no plot progression, just marvellous panoramic followed by marvellous panoramic shot. This is my favourite segment of the movie. It shows the nameless city in which the protagonists exist as a cluttered, enclosed, claustrophobic world, yet terrifyingly familiar. This film is full of such themes which subtly make their way into your mind and you dont even realise they're there until afterwards.

So lets talk about the story. Its an amazing monster of a tale, squeezing it all in barely in its short running time. It does sometimes feel a little rushed, a little convoluted so that it bears repeat viewings to get the whole thing, but it is still a strong story none the less. In fact it is a very mature story. The creators could have so easily gone the typical manga route and thrown in some invading demons or mega-destructive internet monsters. But no, the whole thing restrains intself to a realistic view of an extra-ordinary situation. it all feels like this is exactly how it would happen in real life, and that is what makes it so engaging, and so scary.

This film deserves to be seen, not just because the heavenly beauty warrants it, but because the deep issues it raises needs to be questioned. If you want to be entertained without thinking, watch Wicked City or the countless millions of other mediocre mangas out there. You want to be entertained and be made to think and question the film? See this.

You wont regret it.


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