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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
Producers: Bandai Visual, Kodansha
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Source: Manga
Duration: 1 hr. 23 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 108,765 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #1792
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Popularity: #175
Members: 188,362
Favorites: 4,915
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Episodes: /1

Synopsis

In the year 2029, advances in Cybernetics allow people to replace nearly all of their body parts and organs with robotics. Through these prosthetics, the weak are made strong, and the dying are given new life. Public Security Section 9 of Niihama City (a fictional setting inspired by Hong Kong), a diverse team of AI, cyborgs and unmodified humans, must investigate cases of corruption and terrorism. Major Motoko Kusanagi has full-body prosthetics, owing to a childhood accident. She, her second in command Batou and information specialist Ishikawa have been assigned an important task: to investigate a hacker known only as "The Puppetmaster." But as Motoko and her team discover, things are never so simple.

Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic thriller with intense action scenes mixed with slower artistic sequences and many philosophical questions about one's soul, gender and human identity in such an advanced age of technology.

Background

Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell was the first film to adapt Masumane Shirow's manga of the same name. It heavily condenses the original storyline, reducing the original material's comic relief and sexual content in favor of a more serious tone and changing the setting from Japan to a city modelled after Hong Kong. The artwork within the animated film was produced using an innovative mix of cel animation and digital effects. Ghost in the Shell is one of the world's most famous Japanese animated films, being the first to reach #1 on Billboard magazine's video best-seller list, and also served as a major inspiration for the Wachowskis in their creation of the Matrix movies. A special edition titled Ghost in the Shell: 2.0 was released in 2008, which features scenes reanimated with additional CGI to match the style of the 2004's sequel, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kusanagi, Motoko
Kusanagi, Motoko
Main
Sakamoto, Maaya
Japanese
Sakamoto, Maaya
Tanaka, Atsuko
Japanese
Tanaka, Atsuko
...
Batou
Batou
Main
Ootsuka, Akio
Japanese
Ootsuka, Akio
Togusa
Togusa
Main
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi
Project 2501
Project 2501
Main
Kayumi, Iemasa
Japanese
Kayumi, Iemasa

Staff

Ishikawa, Mitsuhisa
Ishikawa, Mitsuhisa
Producer
Watanabe, Shigeru
Watanabe, Shigeru
Producer
Oshii, Mamoru
Oshii, Mamoru
Director
Ito, Kazunori
Ito, Kazunori
Script


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"Making of a Cyborg" Kenji Kawai

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Reincarnation by Kenji Kawai



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Firestorm2117
Jul 6, 2008
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
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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ModeratelyHuman
Jan 31, 2015
I didnt read any manga or anything about the Ghost in the Shell world prior to watching, so that may have influenced my enjoyment. Im aware of the fact that this is an intellectual and philosophical movie, and not one that focuses on bombastic explosions and violence.

However this movie did not provoke thinking or cause me to question my existence or my self worth as a human being, it just wasnt complex or deep enough to change my views on humanity, and instead the topics it brought up seemed obvious to me. It shouldnt be too hard to understand that our "humanity" is made up read more
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KingFlabadingdon
Dec 20, 2013
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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