Ghost in the Shell

April 11th, 2017


Ghost in the Shell

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Release Year: 2017

Rating: 6.9/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: Rupert Sanders

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others. Based on the internationally acclaimed Japanese Manga, "The Ghost in the Shell."

Writers: Masamune Shirow, Jamie Moss, Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Danusia Samal, Lasarus Ratuere, Yutaka Izumihara, Tawanda Manyimo, Peter Ferdinando, Anamaria Marinca, Daniel Henshall, Mana Hira Davis, Erroll Anderson, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scarlett Johansson - Major
Pilou Asbæk - Batou
Takeshi Kitano - Aramaki (as 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano)
Juliette Binoche - Dr. Ouelet
Michael Pitt - Kuze (as Michael Carmen Pitt)
Chin Han - Han
Danusia Samal - Ladriya
Lasarus Ratuere - Ishikawa
Yutaka Izumihara - Saito
Tawanda Manyimo - Borma
Peter Ferdinando - Cutter
Anamaria Marinca - Dr. Dahlin
Daniel Henshall - Skinny Man
Mana Hira Davis - Bearded Man (as Mana Davis)
Erroll Anderson - Hanka Security Agent


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site |

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2017

Filming Locations: Wellington, New Zealand

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Did You Know?

Based on a manga and anime of the same name. See more »


User Review



Just to be clear: this is an info for fans, not an actual review. But please hear me out (since the IMDb mêssage boârds are gone, this is the only way to reach fellow film fans on IMDb because I'm not on other social media):

When I was looking through comments about the new GHOST IN THE SHELL on several different websites and boards, I stumbled upon a user who compared the early trailers to the latest promo material. He found a very significant change had happened.

In the first trailer from a couple of months ago there are some clearly visible blood spurts when the Major shoots some bad guys (at 0:28 minutes in the trailer), but in the new 5 minute clip which shows the exact same scene, the blood spurts are gone (at 3:50 minutes in the clip called 'Building Jump' which you can find on Yoùtûbe). This is evidence that the film was shot as an R-rated film and was later edited down for a PG-13.

The original was an R-rated film, so perhaps there's hope we'll get a non-sanitized version for the home release. As for myself, unless this new film gets stellar reviews, I won't watch it in the cinema.


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Ghost in the Shell

March 29th, 1996


Ghost in the Shell

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A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.8/10 (36,931 voted)

Director: Mamoru Oshii

Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Richard Epcar

The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth.

Writers: Kazunori Itô, Masamune Shirow

Atsuko Tanaka - Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice)
Richard Epcar - Bateau (voice: English version) (as Richard George)
Akio Ohtsuka - Batô (voice)
Tamio Ôki - Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki (JPN) (voice)
Iemasa Kayumi - Project 2501 aka 'The Puppet Master' (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera - Togusa (voice)
Tesshô Genda - Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura (voice)
Richard Barnes - Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Murray Williams)
Steve Blum - Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Roger Canfield)
Steve Bulen - Section 9 Staff Cyberneticist / Coroner (voice: English version)
Toni Burke - Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Richard Cansino - Diplomat (voice: English version) (as Steve Davis)
Tom Carlton - Garbage Collector A (voice: English version)
George Celik - Old Man (voice: English version)
Shigeru Chiba - Garbage Collector B (voice)

Taglines: It Found A Voice... Now It Needs A Body

Release Date: 29 March 1996

Opening Weekend: £7,493 (UK) (14 December 1995) (10 Screens)

Gross: $583,393 (Worldwide) (21 December 1995)

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Did You Know?

The lyrics to the title song "Making of a Cyborg" were written in ancient Japanese. The romanized Japanese lyrics are as follows: A ga maeba, kuwashime yoini keri A ga maeba, teru tsuki toyomu nari Yobai ni kami amakudarite Yoha ake, nuedori naku. Tôkamiemitame (x4). English translation: When you are dancing, a beautiful lady becomes drunken. When you are dancing, a shining moon rings. A god descends for a wedding And dawn approaches while the night bird sings. God bless you (x4).

Batô: Chief, you ever question the ethics of the neurosurgeons who monkey around inside your brain?
Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki: They undergo psychiatric evaluations, especially those in security. They're subjected to a stringent screening of their personal lives. Of course, the ones who check are only human.
Batô: I guess once you start doubting, there's no end to it.

User Review

Important science fiction

Rating: 10/10

Ghost in the Shell is a visually stunning animated masterpiece. Japanese animation has always been in a class of its own, so I won't even attempt to describe the incredible attention to detail and beautiful imagery in this movie. In this case the animation is merely icing for what is one of the most important works of science fiction in recent years.

Every generation has had books and movies that have contributed to our collective understanding of reality. Prior to World War II this included books like Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We" and Huxley's "Brave New World", and later Orwell's "1984". Today most warnings about the future fall into the category of science fiction. Science fiction began to fill this role when Arthur C. Clarke's "2001" warned us of the potential for humanity to create intelligent, even sentient computers that could murder their human creators. "2001" envisioned computer intelligence imprisoned in the physical body of a computer. Where "2001" left off, Ghost in the Shell begins.

Ghost in the Shell tells the story of a future in which a computer program, Project 2501, becomes self-aware and begins a quest to fill basic needs it feels are qualifiers of being alive by controlling computers and people to achieve its ultimate goals. Whereas the HAL-9000 computer was relatively harmless, owing to its confinement in the Odyssey space ship, Project 2501 is a recognition that the global internet could have dire consequences for all of us. By comparison, this new villain is virtually invincible. But is Project 2501 a villain?

Most people who have told me that they didn't like this move said that they didn't understand it. Indeed, the story and concepts are very complicated. I have watched it several times and still get new things out of it every time. Roger Ebert called Ghost in the Shell, "Unusually intelligent and challenging science fiction, aimed at smart audiences".

Ghost in the Shell is full of fascinating dialog, such as this diatribe about the cycle of life and death by Project 2501. "A copy is just an identical image. There is the possibility that a single virus could destroy an entire set of systems, and copies do not give rise to variety and originality. Life perpetuates itself through diversity, and this includes the ability to sacrifice itself when necessary. Cells repeat the process of degeneration and regeneration until one day they die, obliterating an entire set of memory and information. Only genes remain. Why continually repeat this cycle? Simply to survive by avoiding the weaknesses of an unchanging system."

Thus Ghost in the Shell goes beyond simply a prediction or warning for the future: it attempts to contribute to our understanding of reality by breaking existence down into biological terms and making us question, along with the characters in the movie, whether or not any of us has a soul. The characters in Ghost in the Shell are unusually deep and are a refreshing change from the one-dimensional stereotypes we've become numbed by in modern media. Ghost in the Shell would be required reading in many high school and university courses if it weren't for the fortuitous fact that it can be enjoyed in this beautifully animated feature film. This is one of the few movies ever made that everyone should watch at least once.


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