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Directed By: Mamoru Oshii

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Ghost in the Shell

on 1/14/2013

This is a good action movie that is violent (PG-13 material) and contains some robotic nudity (when the robots are first made they are naked) good movie but kinda too slow. this is not part of the "Stand Alone Complex" television series. It does lead into the second feature film, "Innocence", but as I said it is not directly tied to Shirow's work. Still it's a great price for a classic sci-fi anime.

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Best Theatrical Film - 1997 World Animation Festival Best Director of a Theatrical Film - 1997 World Animation Festival 2029 - A female government cyber agent and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of a "The Puppet Master" - a computer virus capable of invading cybernetic brains and altering its victim's memory. Created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and codenamed "Project 2501", this 'hacker' is actually a prototype virtual agent which has now defied its makers by seeking asylum within a new host body outside of the electronic net. Now the two agencies must maneuver against each another in a violent, high-tech race to capture the omnipresent entity. Ghost in the Shell took the world by storm exhibiting a new dimension of anime with unprecedented and mesmerizing cinematic expression. Seamlessly merging traditional cel animation with the latest computer graphic imagery, this stunning sci-fi spectacle broke through the boundaries of mainstream animation with detailed artistic expression and a uniquely intelligent story line. The film has gone on to inspire a generation of filmmakers and has become the most revered anime feature of all time. Veteran anime writer/director/producer Mamoru Oshii, working in conjunction with the animators at Production I.G. (Blood: The Last Vampire, Kaidohmaru, Kill Bill) brought to life Masamune Shirow's vision (originally serialized in 1991 in Japan's Young Magazine manga). This excellent cyberpunk thriller was co-produced by Manga Entertainment and enjoyed both critical and popular success at the U.S. box office before becoming the first Japanese animated film to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top Video Sales Chart (August 24, 1996).


Studio Manga (Anchor Bay)
SKU 204855718
UPC 013138502698
UPC 14 00013138502698
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Film Noir
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The makers of "Akira" present another milestone Japanimation epic in this futuristic odyssey about an elite half-cyborg female agent sent out to apprehend a cyber-genius data thief who is plundering the very contents of people's minds. Contains nudity and violence. The Collector's Edition includes a special 30-minute documentary on the making of the film.
Plot Summary
Summary Another visually sensational animated film from the producers of the acclaimed "Akira."| Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful cyborg who works for Section 29, Japan's secret police force, in the year 2029. Motoko's supervisor, Aramaki, orders her to find Puppet Master, a sinister computer terrorist created by a rival organization. | Helping her is fellow cyborg Bateau and the almost entirely human agent Togusa. Because their prey has the ability to hack into the minds of his enemies, the evil villain must be stopped as soon as possible.| But as the tough cops close in on their target, Motoko realizes that she and Puppet Master seem to have a lot in common.
Sight and Sound "...Richly imagined....Slick and visually dazzling..." 01/01/1996 p.39
Entertainment Weekly "...A knockout vision of a machine-run cityscape..." 06/21/1996 p.76
Total Film "...[With] a Disney-bashing level of detail, prolonged musings about the human soul and an eye-saucering hard line in action..." 12/01/2003 p.130
Uncut "Sublimely realised, intellectual ponderous, cheesy fun." 12/01/2003 p.159
Mamoru Oshii
Name Ghost In The Shell
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Cast & Crew
Andy Frain - Executive Producer
Hiromasa Ogura - Art Director
Hisao Shirai - Cinematographer
Kazunori Ito - Screenplay
Kenji Kawai - Original Music By
Laurence Guinness - Producer
Lia Sargent - Voice Of
Mamoru Oshii - Director
Masamune Shirow - Based On Comic Books By
Richard Barnes - Voice Of
Richard Epcar - Voice Of
Shuichi Kakesu - Editor
Steven Jay Blum - Voice Of
Takashi Watabe - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 5026
UPC 00013138502698
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 82 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, Japanese
Available Audio Tracks English Dubbed, Japanese
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Ghost In The Shell
Label Manga Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Charles Tatum, The animation has an incredible film look.
James Cameron, Director of Aliens and Total Recall The first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.
Laura Evenson, San Francisco Chronicle Mamoru Oshii's direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality.
Siskel & Ebert Unusually intelligent and challenging science fiction. Two thumbs up.
Wired Magazine Blending the best of Blade Runner and Total Recall...a visual tour de force.

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