Ghost in the Shell

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Released 1995

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Director:
Mamoru Oshii
Released:
1995
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The Ghost in the Shell is a animated 1995 Japanese cyberpunk movie written by Kazunori It'' and directed by Mamoru Oshii. It is based on the comic books written by Mamoru Oshii. In 2029 humanity is connected into a worldwide computer network. High-tech criminal gangs operate extensive hacking operations. In response to this increasing threat, the government forms Section 9. Section 9 is a super-secret police unit made up of cyborgs specially designed to access the network anywhere on Earth. When a hacker known as Puppet Master (Tamio ''ki) starts to take over the minds of cyborgs, Section 9 swings into action. Agent Motoko Kusanagi (Atsuko Tanaka) is assigned the task of tracking down and arresting the Puppet Master. The investigation quickly uncovers a vast global conspiracy, one that threatens the very nature of humanity. The Ghost in the Shell is recognized as being an innovative work in the history of animation. It is also recognized as being a important work in the cyberpunk genre.moreless

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  • 88

    Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey

    The movie trades in familiar virtual realities. Yet as realized by the gifted director Mamoru Oshii, who imagines cityscapes melting into circuit boards, Ghost in the Shell is wher...

  • 88

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    It's not the mega-tech or the shootouts that make Ghost in the Shell memorable, but the ghostliness of it, its ability to convince us that Kusangai - no less than Rutger Hauer's st...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The ghost of anime can be seen here trying to dive into the shell of the movie mainstream. But this particular film is too complex and murky to reach a large audience, I suspect; i...

Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar

Bateau (voice)

Maaya Sakamoto

Maaya Sakamoto

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Atsuko Tanaka

Atsuko Tanaka

Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice)

William Knight

William Knight

Star

Mimi Woods

Mimi Woods

Major Motoki Kusanagi (voice: English version)

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Foreign Language, Anime