Ranked #197
Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

Alternative Titles

English: Ghost in the Shell
Synonyms: Koukaku Kidoutai
Japanese: 攻殻機動隊

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 18, 1995
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.331 (scored by 90852 users)
Ranked: #1972
Popularity: #165
Members: 153,009
Favorites: 3,674
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Synopsis

In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. The pursuit will call into question what makes a human and what is the Puppetmaster in a world where the distinction between human and machine is increasingly blurry.

(Source: ANN)

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Staff

Ishikawa, Mitsuhisa
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Oshii, Mamoru
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Director
Ito, Kazunori
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Script

Opening Theme

"Making of a Cyborg" Kenji Kawai

Ending Theme

Reincarnation by Kenji Kawai



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Firestorm2117
Jul 6, 2008 3:05 PM
I just want to start off by saying that "Ghost In The Shell" loves to asks it's audience questions. What is it that makes us human? Is it the soul (refered to as 'ghosts' in this film)? Or is it flesh and bone? What happens when your memories can be erased and replaced like music on your iPod? If your body is entirely mechanical, can you still call yourself human? If your consciousness is active, yet your body is nowhere to be found, do you still exist?

Okay, I'm giving myself a headache. Let's get to the review.

Story
Cyborg cops battle an anonymous super-hacker who takes control read more
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Phill-z
Nov 17, 2007 11:59 PM
Ah...Ghost In The Shell. I'm writing this JUST after finishing it. If you watched the original Matrix and went "Holy Jesus this is the most amazing movie i've ever seen IN MY LIFE" then Ghost in the Shell will dropkick you in the face. Seriously.

Story: This is the kind of stuff that university essay could be written about. I'm going to have to watch this again just to completely understand everything about this movie. Now, just so you understand, the storyline isn't amazing. But the science and the mythology this anime is based on is so incredible. I believe, read more
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kiriska
Dec 1, 2008 10:44 PM
So I finally saw this movie. I've seen both seasons of Stand Alone Complex, Solid State Society, and Innocence, but I hadn't seen the original until now. And you know what? I'm kind of disappointed.

STORY - The central plot and concept is fine. As a cyberpunk fan, I think the human/machine divide is a fascinating topic that should be touched on more often and that Ghost in the Shell treats the subject well for the most part. Unfortunately, the storytelling and pacing in the movie is downright terrible. Sure, the movie's more than a decade old by now, but storytelling isn't really something that changes read more
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KingFlabadingdon
Dec 20, 2013 3:43 PM
Story- 9/10

Puppet Master: ‘’And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?’’

The story and themes present in Ghost in the Shell (GitS) are both striking and very relevant. GitS takes place in a more than possible future world where cybernetics and AI have become a social norm. The amazing detail given to the universe and the true to life reflection of today’s society makes the themes in question incredibly applicable. The different opinions in GitS are argued with a certain potency and precision. The maturity and skill of the characters in read more
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