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Ghost in the Shell

Promotional film poster
Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Produced by Yoshimasa Mizuo
Ken Matsumoto
Kenichi Iyadomi
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
Written by Kazunori Itō
Starring Atsuko Tanaka
Akio Ōtsuka
Music by Kenji Kawai
Brian Eno
Cinematography Hisao Shirai
Editing by Shūichi Kakesu
Distributed by Shochiku (Japan)
Manga Entertainment (North America and UK)
Release date(s) Japan November 18, 1995
UK December 8, 1995
USA November 29, 1996
Running time 82 minutes
Country Japan
Language JapaneseEnglish
Followed by Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
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This article is about the first film adaptation. For material on the philosophy of the Ghost in the Shell universe, see Ghost in the Shell (philosophy), for other adaptations see Ghost in the Shell.

Ghost in the Shell (Japanese: 攻殻機動隊, Kōkaku Kidōtai, i.e. Mobile Armoured Riot Police) is a 1995 anime film adaptation of the manga comic Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow, produced by Production I.G, written by Kazunori Itō and directed by Mamoru Oshii. A sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, was released in 2004. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Mamoru Oshii (押井守 Oshii Mamoru; born August 8, 1951 in Tokyo) is a Japanese animation and live-action film writer and director famous for his philosophy-orietned storytelling. ... Atsuko Tanaka (田中 敦子 Tanaka Atsuko, born on November 14, 1962 in Gunma) is a seiyu who works for Mausu Promotion. ... Akio Ohtsuka, 2006. ... Kenji Kawai (川井憲次 Kawai Kenji, born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo) is a Japanese composer with several film scores to his credit. ... Brian Eno (pronounced ) (born Brian Peter George St. ... Shochiku Co. ... Manga Entertainment is a licensor and distributor of Japanese animation (anime) in the United States and United Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... November 29 is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Batou, the protagonist. ... The Ghost in the Shell series of anime and manga titles is a Japanese cyberpunk story that offers many observations on present day philosophy and speculations on future philosophy. ... Motoko Kusanagi from the manga Ghost in the Shell. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Manga )   (pl. ... For other uses, see Ghost in the Shell (manga) (disambiguation). ... Masamune Shirow ) is a manga artist of international renown, born Masanori Ota (太田 まさのりOta Masanori) on November 23, 1961. ... Production IG was founded on December 15, 1987, by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer Mamoru Oshii (押井守 Oshii Mamoru; born August 8, 1951 in Tokyo) is a Japanese animation and live-action film writer and director famous for his philosophy-orietned storytelling. ... Batou, the protagonist. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Plot

The movie begins with Major Motoko Kusanagi spying on a meeting taking place in an unspecified location in New Port City. The meeting is interrupted by a Section 6 strike team, at which point Motoko moves in, killing a foreign diplomat who took part in that meeting and then disappearing through use of her thermooptic camouflage system. This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ... New Port City (Japanese Niihama-shi) New Port City (or Niihama-shi 新浜市) is a fictional metropolis depicted in Masamune Shirows Ghost in the Shell anime and manga series. ...

Kusanagi activating her therm-optic camouflage.

In the next scene, Section 9 chief Daisuke Aramaki is introduced conversing with an official about programmers who are attempting to gain political asylum. The story then moves into the main plotline when Aramaki describes one of the minister's interpreters having had her brain hacked into by the mysterious "Puppet Master". While tracking down the presumed Puppet Master, Kusanagi explains to her partner Togusa (the least cyberized human in Section 9), why he was chosen for the team. "If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation. Overspecialization leads to death," she tells him. Image File history File links Therm_optic. ... Image File history File links Therm_optic. ... Daisuke Aramaki from the Stand Alone Complex, season 1 Daisuke Aramaki (荒巻大輔 Aramaki Daisuke) is a fictional character in Masamune Shirows Ghost in the Shell anime and manga. ... Togusa, as seen in the anime Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG Togusa (トグサ) is the second most prominently featured male character in the Ghost in the Shell manga & anime series. ...


The hacker turns out to be a garbageman who is going through a divorce and attempts to ghost-hack his wife using a program provided to him by an individual who met him in a bar. Batou and Ishikawa arrive at the latest access terminal moments after the hacking attempt from it ends, failing to catch any suspect but also realizing that the locations from which the hack is performed corelate to the garbage truck route. When the garbageman finds out that the police are looking for him, he attempts to warn the person who provided him with the ghosthacking software. Both he and Kusanagi catch up with the individual at the same time, and the man fires at the Major's truck with extremely powerful (HV, or high velocity) ammunition and then activates a thermo-optic camouflage, rendering himself practically invisible. During the chase Kusanagi manages to damage his camoflage suit, rendering it useless. Eventually, the fugitive leads them to the banks of a canal, and after expending the last of his ammunition, is incapacitated by Kusanagi in close quarters combat. Batou in the movie Ghost in the Shell (1995) Batou (バトー Batō) is a main male character in the Ghost in the Shell series, the second best melee fighter in Section 9, and is the second in command under Major Motoko Kusanagi. ...


It turns out that the man is not the actual Puppet Master but only a ghosthacked "puppet" of the criminal. The garbageman whom he aided in ghosthacking has also been ghosthacked - in reality he did not have a wife or daughter, and all memories of them he possesses are false.


Kusanagi and Batou go out to sea in her boat, and it is revealed that she goes scuba diving, much to Batou's concern. Cybernetic bodies are heavy and aren't buoyant, so any form of underwater activity, such as scuba diving, isn't advisable. When he asks Kusanagi if she's drunk, she points out that she's a cyborg and can't get drunk. The two have a conversation about what it means to be human after one has had cybernetic parts installed. She also talks about the nature of experience within the self, which is unique to that individual. In sociological terms, she gains knowledge and experience which in turn helps to define her self, and her beliefs and dispositions (habitus) help to interpret the experience in her own way (which she feels confined to). They then hear a mysterious voice that says, "For now we look through a glass, darkly". Habitus is a complex concept referring primarily to the non-discursive aspects of culture that bind individuals to larger groups. ...

The Puppet Master

One night, a female cybernetic body is suddenly assembled at Megatech without approval, and the cyborg runs off, naked, into the pouring rain, where it gets run over by a truck. Section 9 gets the body to try and determine why it was built. Batou relates a strange fact: the body has not even one brain cell as it is completely robotic, yet there are indications that there is a ghost within it. The ghost resembles one that has been copied, but without the normal degradations that go along with the process. Kusanagi expresses a wish to 'dive in' to the body and contact the ghost. However, her self-doubt is growing; she's unnerved by the cyborg, which she claims looks just like her, though not in a physical sense. She also expresses her doubts about the existence of her own self: she is unsure whether or not her thoughts and experiences are actually human in nature. She says that being treated as a human doesn't prove that she is essentially human inside. Aramaki notices something is wrong with her, and Batou tersely says she's been acting odd for a while and Aramaki would know this if he read Batou's reports. Image File history File links Puppet_master. ... Image File history File links Puppet_master. ... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ...

Dr. Willis analyzing the Puppet Master's shell.

Nakamura of Section 6, accompanied by Doctor Willis, comes to claim the escaped body. As Willis analyses the ghost present in the cybernetic shell, Aramaki and Nakamura discuss the bureaucracy of the retrieval of the body. Willis confirms that the ghost in the shell is the Puppet Master. Nakamura claims that Section 6 had been tracking the Puppet Master for some time, managed to lure and trap his ghost within this cyborg, while a strike team assassinated his organic body. Image File history File links Dr_willis. ... Image File history File links Dr_willis. ...


Aramaki expresses some concern over the fact that Section 6 just left the Puppet Master's original body to rot. However, the cyborg suddenly takes control over the building and starts to speak. "There will be no corpse, because I never had a body." It claims that it never possessed a body because it is a computer program that achieved sentience, and that it desires political asylum from Section 9. Nakamura says that its request is ridiculous, and that the ghost in the body was programmed for self-preservation. The body argues that in a way, human DNA is a set of programs to preserve itself as well. DNA is what spreads "memory" from one generation to the next, and memory is what defines mankind. It also argues that the accumulation of data and the flow of information has given rise to another form of consciousness. Nakamura angrily protests that the body cannot prove its existence as a sentient life form. Aramaki points out that even if the body can prove its sentience, political asylum is not granted to criminals, and the Puppet Master is a wanted felon. The body retorts that he cannot offer any proof of his own existence, either, when modern science cannot define what life really is. The body then states that it is not an AI but rather a sentient entity that was created through the accumulation of data and the flow of information known as Project 2501. The structure of part of a DNA double helix Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the development and function of living organisms. ...

Nakamura, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As they are talking to the body, Togusa notices something strange about the entrance of Nakamura and Willis and realizes that someone with therm-optic camouflage entered the building along with the officials because the doors into the building took three seconds to close after they had gone through. He alerts Kusanagi to this fact, and they realise that Section 6 is up to something. The person, or persons, who entered with therm-optic camouflage, shoot the computer connected to the Puppet Master, set off a smoke grenade, blinding everyone, and snatch the ruined cyborg containing the Puppet Master. As they escape in their getaway car, Togusa shoots a tracking device into its registation plate. Batou starts to follow them by car while Kusanagi follows by helicopter. As Kusanagi and Aramaki talk about the Puppet Master, Aramaki also realizes that Section 6 is involved in some sort of conspiracy around Project 2501. This is confirmed when Nakamura talks to Willis about securing the body: he does not understand why the Puppet Master would want to go to Section 9, but Willis jokes that perhaps it was chasing after a "girlfriend" there, which Nakamura rejects as "utter nonsense." Image File history File links Nakamura. ... Image File history File links Nakamura. ... A helicopter is an aircraft which is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors consisting of two or more rotor blades. ...


Ishikawa in the next scene talks to Aramaki after investigating further into Project 2501 and it turns out that the project was initiated before the Puppet Master showed up, even though it was claimed by some officials that the project was created in order to capture the Puppet Master. He hints that perhaps the Puppet Master was a tool of Section 6 for the bureaucracy to do its dirty work. The escape of the Puppet Master would be a threat to Section 6 and the ministry would risk having secrets leaked out to the public.

Kusanagi takes on a walking battle tank in the movie's climax.

Soon, the getaway car carrying the Puppet Master meets up with another and they split off in different directions. Batou follows the second car and Kusanagi chooses to follow the original. With the help of a road block and additional police, Batou stops the second car and discovers it is a decoy. He then rushes to support Kusanagi. Before he goes, he tells Togusa to get backup for her. Togusa is dumbfounded because he doesn't know why the Major would ever need backup. Image File history File links Motoko_ripped. ... Image File history File links Motoko_ripped. ...

Kusanagi severely damages her shell trying to stop the tank.

Kusanagi follows the car to an abandoned building. There, she runs into a large version of a Fuchikoma guarding the Puppet Master. Her assault rifle cannot penetrate the tank’s armour; instead she spends most of the fight running, destroying the engine block on the getaway car and taking out the port chain gun on the tank. The starboard chain gun then runs out of ammo, and she turns on her therm-optic camouflage and gets on top of the tank, trying to rip its cover off. However, she is unsuccessful, and damages her body due to the tension stress exerted on it. The tank grabs her and is about to crush her skull when Batou shows up and destroys the tank with some heavy weaponry. Image File history File links Gs596. ... Image File history File links Gs596. ...


It turns out that the Puppet Master's body is still intact, and Kusanagi decides to 'dive in' and contact its ghost immediately, as Aramaki would just use it as a bargaining chip. Batou hooks the two together, with himself monitoring the dive in order to disconnect them if it gets too risky. As they connect, the Puppet Master and Kusanagi's ghosts contact each other and the Puppet Master introduces himself to the two. It confirms that it is Project 2501, an illegal project by section 6 that has installed various programs into numerous ghosts for the interests of the various agencies that owned it. During its time collecting data and installing programs into various ghosts, it has become self-aware and has become an intelligent entity. The creators thought that this self-awareness was a bug and attempted to contain the program into its current body. It tells them that it had been looking for Kusanagi for a long time, knowing of her through the many networks that it had hacked into. It is a sentient being because it can recognize its own existence but lacks two experiences that are granted to all living organisms: reproduction and death. Kusanagi suggests that it can copy itself, but it replies that a copy is static, only reproducing the mirror image of itself. It then states that a virus targeted to specific traits can destroy the whole system of its copies. It states that life perpetuates itself through diversity and originality while sacrificing old parts of the system in order to protect it from the weakness of a static system. The Puppet Master finally expresses its wish to merge its ghost with Kusanagi's in order to give birth to a new single entity. Batou attempts to disconnect the dive, but he hacks into him, preventing the disconnection.

Kusanagi communicating directly with the Puppet Master's ghost line.

Meanwhile, as Kusanagi and the Puppet Master are conversing about the merge, helicopters from Section 6 approach the abandoned building with orders to destroy the Puppet Master as a primary target along with Kusanagi, presumably to cover up the conspiracy. Batou sees lasers pointing to both the bodies, but the snipers are unable to shoot because of the Puppet Master's hacking. Image File history File links Motoko_puppetmaster. ... Image File history File links Motoko_puppetmaster. ... Experiment with a laser (US Military) In physics, a laser is a device that emits light through a specific mechanism for which the term laser is an acronym: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. ...


Kusanagi and the Puppet Master continue to talk about the merge, with Kusanagi expressing concern over the fact that both of them will change and no longer retain their current identities. She wants a guarantee that she will retain her identity, but the Puppet Master argues that there is no reason to keep with it, because her desire to stay unchanging within a dynamic environment is ultimately what limits her. She asks it why it chose her and it responds by stating that the two of them are very similar, mirror images of each other's psyche. It says that it is connected to a vast network, containing large amounts of information, and that the merge would create a higher consciousness. Kusanagi finally decides to merge with it just as the snipers from the helicopters fire. Batou regains control over his body and puts out his arm to protect Kusanagi. The snipers destroy the Puppet Master's body with a direct headshot. Batou's outstretched arm saves Kusanagi, the shot shears off Batou's arm and deflects enough to decapitate Kusanagi without damaging her brain cavity. The next view is through Kusanagi's eyes, her head laying on the ground. She sees Batou running towards her, screaming. She quietly says his name before losing conciousness.


Kusanagi wakes at Batou's safe house - finding herself within a child-sized cyborg body. Batou comes in and informs her of what transpired since her original body was destroyed (approximately twenty hours earlier): the foreign minister resigned as a result of the conspiracy, and Nakamura is being questioned. Motoko decides to leave and reveals that she is no longer either Kusanagi nor the Puppet Master, but rather a combination of the two. Batou offers her a car and they agree on a personal password: 2501. The film concludes with the new Motoko/Puppeteer entity watching the panorama of the city and musing on what should it do next - "The net is vast and infinite."


Adaptation

The film adaptation presents the story's themes in a more serious, atmospheric and slow-paced manner than the manga. In addition, in order to condense the manga into 82 minutes of screen time, the movie excludes the subplots in order to focus exclusively on the "Puppet Master" plot. Download high resolution version (976x1281, 227 KB)Mark Satin taking a question at the Fall for the Book Literary Festival, Fairfax, VA, USA, September 2004 - photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt File links The following pages link to this file: Mark Satin ... Download high resolution version (976x1281, 227 KB)Mark Satin taking a question at the Fall for the Book Literary Festival, Fairfax, VA, USA, September 2004 - photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt File links The following pages link to this file: Mark Satin ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long. ...


Unlike the manga and the TV series, the producers have stated that the movie is set in Hong Kong, in the making-of Ghost in the Shell featurette. The writing depicted on the scenery is Chinese Hànzì characters, and not Japanese kana/kanji. 漢字 in Traditional Chinese and other languages. ... Japanese writing Kanji 漢字 Kana 仮名 Hiragana 平仮名 Katakana 片仮名 Manyogana 万葉仮名 Uses Furigana 振り仮名 Okurigana 送り仮名 Rōmaji ローマ字 For other meanings of Kana, see Kana (disambiguation). ... Japanese writing Kanji Kana Hiragana Katakana Hentaigana Manyōgana Uses Furigana Okurigana Rōmaji   ) are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese logographic writing system along with hiragana (平仮名), katakana (片仮名), and the Arabic numerals. ...


Reception

The movie was lauded as one of the first anime films to seamlessly blend computer and cell animation (after Macross Plus Movie Edition). The soundtrack is of a classical Japanese style. It was one of the first anime features to cross over to non-anime fans in North America. Macross Plus ) is a four-episode anime OVA and theatrical movie in the Macross series. ...


Soundtrack

Ghost In The Shell: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Kenji Kawai
Released 1995
Genre Film score
Length 45:25
Producer(s) Kenji Kawai

Image File history File links Ghost_in_the_shell_ost_cover. ... // In film formats, the sound track is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Kenji Kawai (川井憲次 Kawai Kenji, born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo) is a Japanese composer with several film scores to his credit. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Kenji Kawai (川井憲次 Kawai Kenji, born April 23, 1957 in Shinagawa, Tokyo) is a Japanese composer with several film scores to his credit. ...

Track listing

  1. "M01 I - Making of Cyborg"
  2. "M02 Ghosthack"
  3. "Exm Puppetmaster"
  4. "M04 Virtual Crime"
  5. "M05 II - Ghost City"
  6. "M06 Access"
  7. "M07 Nightstalker"
  8. "M08 Floating Museum"
  9. "M09 Ghostdive"
  10. "M10 III - Reincarnation"
  11. "See You Everyday" (Bonus track)

"See You Everyday" is different from the rest of the soundtrack, being a pop song sung in Cantonese by Fang Ka Wing. It can be faintly heard playing in the marketplace scene, when Batou is hunting the ghost-hacked puppet.


Choral song

According to the soundtrack's liner notes, the haunting choral song that plays throughout the film is a wedding song, sung to get rid of all evil influences that are about to follow. Kenji Kawai originally wanted to use Bulgarian folk singers, but was unable to find any, so he relied on the Japanese folk song choir he used earlier in the Ranma 1/2 anime. The song uses an ancient form of the Japanese language mixed with Bulgarian harmony and traditional Japanese notes. Ranma ½ Graphic Novel, Volume 1 English version, Second Edition Ranma ½ (らんま½, Japanese pronunciation: Ranma Nibun no Ichi) is a comedy anime and manga by Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子) about a boy named Ranma Saotome (早乙女 乱馬) who was trained from early childhood...


Lyrics

1. 吾が舞へば、麗し女、酔ひにけり(あがまへば、くはしめ、ゑひにけり)
A ga maeba, kuwashime yoinikeri(あがまえば、くわしめ、よいにけり)
Because I had danced, the beautiful lady was enchanted


2. 吾が舞へば、照る月、響むなり(あがまへば、てるつき、とよむなり)
A ga maeba, terutsuki toyomunari(あがまえば、てるつき、とよむなり)
Because I had danced, the shining moon echoed


3. 結婚に、神、天下りて(よばひに、かみ、あまくだりて)
Yobai ni, kami amakudarite(よばいに、かみ、あまくだりて)
Proposing marriage, the god shall descend


4. 夜は明け、鵺鳥、鳴く(よはあけ、ぬへとり、なく)
Yo wa ake, nuedori naku(よはあけ、ぬえどり、なく)
The night clears away and the chimera bird (white's thrush) will sing Binomial name Zoothera dauma (Latham, 1790) The Whites Thrush (Zoothera dauma) is a member of the Thrush family Turdidae. ...


5. 遠神恵賜(とほ、かみ、ゑみ、ため)
Toh kami, emi tame(とお、かみ、えみ、ため)
The distant god may give us the precious blessing!


Cultural analysis of lyrics

Married nobles in the Japanese pre-feudal era typically slept in separate bedrooms. Sneaking into the bedroom of a love interest constituted a proposal for marriage. Therefore, line 3 may be understood as "yobahi/nightly crawl into bedroom" rather than "kekkon/wedding."


A sterling bird is mentioned in line 4. When this bird sings at dawn, it is considered an ominous sign because its song is believed to be less melodic than other birds and thus baleful.


The fifth line is a set of Shinto "god words". In the ancient days when Shinto relied on more shamanic rituals, a turtle shell was burned to reveal a fortune and special words were said to proclaim that the truth had been revealed. These words eventually became a prayer used to cleanse impurities. Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ...


The last line of the song was overdubbed in the international release of the film with "One Minute Warning", a song by U2 and Brian Eno. Some speculate that this edit was done for marketing purposes by Manga Entertainment, one of the major financiers of the film).


Trivia

Alternative film poster
  • In the opening credits, the numbers that flow in the background are actually computer codes for the different names of the staff who worked on the movie. These flowing numbers inspired the now-famous Matrix digital rain. The numbers in the foreground that count down to credits are the computer code version of these credits. The 'countdown' effect is intended to look like data decryption.
  • The Puppet Master quotes two consecutive Bible verses: Firstly 1 Corinthians 13:12 from the King James Version, "For now we see through a glass, darkly" and at the end of the film a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13:11 "When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child. Now that I am a man I have no more use for childish ways."
  • The brand of beer Batou drinks is a real beer brand called San Miguel Beer which is the dominant beer in the Philippines. Noteworthy is the anime's detailed and accurate recreation of the San Miguel beer can, including its gold label and corporate seal.
  • Kusanagi refers to her gun as a "Zastaber", but this is incorrect. The gun is a real model, a CZ 100 (minor differences aside), but it is made by Česká zbrojovka of the Czech Republic. The arms manufacturer Crvena Zastava also exists, however, but is a Serbian firm and does not make that model of gun. However Zastava produced CZN-M22 - a bullpup assault rifle used by Kusanagi. Some subtitles also fail to translate the maker of Togusa's revolver correctly, calling it a "Matever" instead of "Mateba". That gun is fictional, but Mateba make similar automatic revolvers. (This is easily explained, in that using the real name of the firearm would require possibly costly licensing. In addition, it's a well-known Japanese style to slightly alter the name of a real-life object or company as a form of parody, or for the reason above.)
  • The US rating for this movie is disputed. The Region 1 Manga Entertainment DVD box reads "Unrated: Suggested 17+". Some sources, e.g. the IMDb, say "Restricted". Still others think that despite its content it deserves a "PG" rating.
  • A cult classic outside the country, the ticket sales of the movie weren't as great domestically. Hence the sequel to the movie lost the title "Ghost in the Shell 2" and the secondary title became the primary title "Innocence."
  • The original comic did not specify the location of the city, but rumor is rampant that it is set in Kobe, where Shirow Masamune (the creator of the manga) lives. In the movie, the city was created to be complete mixture of Asian culture, Chinese being the primary one. To go with the art, the music created for the movie used whole assortment of Southeastern Asia origins, and even play methods were often ad-libbed to create mixed ethnicity (although, Mr. Kawai admits it also partly had to do with the fact that he had no idea how to play some of them). Some drums were played by a female drummer to create a softer touch.
  • In ordinary anime, characters would at least blink to create the feeling of "being animated," but in this movie, Motoko's eyes intentionally stayed unblinking many times. Director Mamoru Oshii's intention was to portray her as a "doll."
  • After he struggled to convey the mood that the characters are supposed to emanate for English version dub, Mr.Oshii's thought was to thank the Japanese cast for making his job a whole lot easier. It took two days to record the Japanese dub, whereas the English version took three weeks to get right ("they can speak the line, but they couldn't emote"). In the pamphlet for Innocence, he actually pokes fun at a certain internationally recognized anime director by saying "Unlike some directors, I do give due credit to voice actors" (After seeing some overacting in his movie that was inspired from Gulliver's Travel, the man Mr. Oshii is referring to refuses to use any professional voice actors to this date)
  • In Manga Entertainment's domesticated releases, the closing title song is "One Minute Warning" by Passengers, which is a U2 and Brian Eno collaboration. In the original Japanese version of the film, the song Reincarnation III by Kenji Kawai is used, which can be found on the original soundtrack CD.
  • Production IG recently optioned the rights to a live-action adaptation which it hopes to sell to a major Hollywood studio.

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  Ghost in the Shell
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Manga: Ghost in the ShellGhost in the Shell 2: Man/Machine InterfaceGhost in the Shell 1.5: Human Error Processor
Film series: Ghost in the ShellGhost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Stand Alone Complex series: S.A.C. (Season 1) • S.A.C. 2nd GiG (Season 2) • S.A.C. Solid State Society (Movie) • Tachikomatic Days (Omake) • List of episodes
Novels: After the Long GoodbyeThe Lost MemoryRevenge of the Cold MachinesWhite Maze
Video Games: Ghost in the ShellStand Alone Complex
Music: Megatech BodyStand Alone Complex O.S.T.be HumanStand Alone Complex GET9 singleStand Alone Complex O.S.T. 2Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 3S.A.C. Solid State Society O.S.T.
Characters: Daisuke AramakiAzumaBatouBormaKazundo GoudaIshikawaYoko KayabukiMotoko KusanagiHideo KuzeLaughing ManPazuProject 2501ProtoSaitoTogusaYanoKugutsu Mawashi
Technology: Armed suitCyberbrainFuchikomaOperatorTachikomaThink tank
Other: Public Security Section 9List of organizationsPhilosophy of Ghost in the ShellSeburoNew Port CityAmerican EmpireMasamune Shirow

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Ghost in the Shell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2846 words)
Motoko Kusanagi from the manga Ghost in the Shell.
The concept of the ghost was borrowed by Masamune Shirow from an essay on structuralism, "The Ghost in the Machine" by Arthur Koestler.
The title The Ghost in the Machine itself was originally used by a British philosopher, Gilbert Ryle to mock the paradox of conventional Cartesian dualism and Dualism in general.
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