In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster.
|Original Title||:||GHOST IN THE SHELL|
|Release Date||:||November 18, 1995|
|Genres||:||Action, Animation, Science Fiction|
|Production Company||:||Bandai Visual Company, Kodansha, Production I.G.|
|Writers||:||Kazunori Ito, Masamune Shirow, Mamoru Oshii|
|Casts||:||Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Ohtsuka, Iemasa Kayumi, Kouichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano, Tesshou Genda, Naruki Masahisa, Masato Yamanouchi, Mitsuru Miyamoto, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Shigeru Chiba, Hiroshi Yanaka, Ginzô Matsuo, Takashi Matsuyama, Sanryô Odaka, Masamichi Satô, Atsuko Hayashida, Yûji Ueda, Toshiki Kameyama, Atsushi Goto, Maaya Sakamoto|
|Plot Keywords||:||artificial intelligence, man vs machine, cyborg, android, computer virus, dystopia, implantat, fugitive, female protagonist, cyberpunk, based on manga|
This is the most beautiful film i've ever seen.
There, i've said it. Watch it and be awed at how amazingly detailed and fluid the whole film is. Never does it falter in the art department. The colours are just right, the peoples movements are so real its scary, and sometimes the strong story of the film cant fit all this beauty in and so it releases it entirely in a magical scene in the middle of the film with no dialogue and no plot progression, just marvellous panoramic followed by marvellous panoramic shot. This is my favourite segment of the movie. It shows the nameless city in which the protagonists exist as a cluttered, enclosed, claustrophobic world, yet terrifyingly familiar. This film is full of such themes which subtly make their way into your mind and you dont even realise they're there until afterwards.
So lets talk about the story. Its an amazing monster of a tale, squeezing it all in barely in its short running time. It does sometimes feel a little rushed, a little convoluted so that it bears repeat viewings to get the whole thing, but it is still a strong story none the less. In fact it is a very mature story. The creators could have so easily gone the typical manga route and thrown in some invading demons or mega-destructive internet monsters. But no, the whole thing restrains intself to a realistic view of an extra-ordinary situation. it all feels like this is exactly how it would happen in real life, and that is what makes it so engaging, and so scary.
This film deserves to be seen, not just because the heavenly beauty warrants it, but because the deep issues it raises needs to be questioned. If you want to be entertained without thinking, watch Wicked City or the countless millions of other mediocre mangas out there. You want to be entertained and be made to think and question the film? See this.
You wont regret it.