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5.0 out of 5 stars A Mamoru Oshii award winner!,
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Taking place in 2029, cybernetic partners Motoko Kusanagi and Batou working with Public Security Section 9 led by chief Aramaki are after an infamous hacker called The Puppet Master. This hacker has hacked into the minds of many unsuspecting victims and gets them to commit various cyber crimes. Once further into the movie, you'll find out more about this being and what his true goal and nature are. What I found satisfying was the ending where Motoko Kusanagi is looking out to the city with a smile, saying ''The net is vast and infinite'' like The Major did in the Manga. I couldn't help but smile, as well!
What I regret is not purchasing the second edition Ghost in the Shell 2.0 that had some of the scenes digitally redone in CGI. I felt the computer animation was just incredible and a big improvement.
I give this worthy Anime film five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind/Body Duality Explored,
Ghost in the Shell is Kazunori Ito's futuristic vision where the confluence of the body (the shell) and the ghost (the mind) meets cyborg technology and all we are left with is angst. The film is certainly aimed at adults. I am new to the phenomenon of anime so I am still wondering about all the nudity and violence playing to a particular theme. My sense is that the intimate nature of man and machine and the particular threat that cyborg technology poses is considered real and immediate. Reference is made to the high maintenance nature of the cyborg and the technology in this movie. However, despite lines like "Aside from a slight brain augmentation, your body's almost entirely human" and "You're treated like other humans, so stop with the angst!" we are still confronted with the mind/body duality.
Framed in a stylistic space where characters like Maj. Kusanagi run after such unlikely characters as "The Puppet Master" and similarities of movies like Bladerunner and the X-Files I can't help but grin at the irony of so "western" (and I use this word cautiously here) a consideration played out in such an "eastern" space. Despite all that, Ghost in the Shell is a cinematic event and should be treated as such. With the fertile cross polination between the east and the west, who knows, we might see a new entity which is a simulacra of the androginous characters that inhabit this genre. Am I hooked? Absolutely! Can't wait for the sequel. If you have not seen this movie -- watch it! It will change your perspective on animation entirely.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your facts straight !,
Anyway this film is does what should be done with animation. It does things that otherwise would not work with a live action film. This film is very heavy on the philosophical side so for some people they may find it extremely boring. To give this film anything less then 4 stars would be a crime just because of the sheer artistry, and the amount of time spent by these people making this project.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best anime next to Akira!!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Matrix like anime,
The animations are of course superb and even realistic. Try the Japanse voices, I heard the American and they are sometimes lacking in emotional depth and range. A little flat sometimes and that did not do good to this otherwise great movie.
If you like the Matrix, it looks a little like it. People who can hook up to the net etc.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.,
But the movie wasn't what I had expected. The entense action was toned down a bit. The humor in the graphic novel was entirely non-existent in the film. What was left were the deep philosophical ovetones. And I commend Mamoru Oshii for making the risky decision to focus mainly on this aspect of the story. The movie, in fact, was BETTER than I could have ever hoped.
The story seems simple even typical when described, but it's the underlining philosophical themes that make this film such a treasure.
Our protagonist is Motoko Kusanagi, an officer of a military division known as Section 9. On the trail of a Notorious hacker dubbed The Puppet Master, Kusunagi begins to question her own consciousness or "ghost" as she unravels the case.
Deep in 'noir' territory, Ghost in the Shell is definately not for the viewer who likes to check their brain at the door. You will be challenged to discover the existential nature of the characters as they discover it themselves. This is not bad filmaking rather than a forced empathy with Kusunagi that will hopefully get you contemplating some of the philosophical issues presented here.
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME TIMES 5!,
5.0 out of 5 stars The number one anime of all time.,
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone,
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Ghost in the Shell - Special Edition [Import] by Mamoru Oshii (DVD - 2005)
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