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Curious. Fantastic. Mischievous. Unpredictable. Wayward.
|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).|
"The first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence. James Cameron, Director of Aliens and Total Recall
"Mamoru Oshii's direction deftly merges gritty realism with a dreamlike quality. Laura Evenson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Unusually intelligent and challenging science fiction. Two thumbs up. Siskel & Ebert
"Blending the best of Blade Runner and Total Recall...a visual tour de force. Wired Magazine
Editor's NoteThe 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.
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|
Plot SummaryAnother 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.