Another visually sensational animated film from the producers of the acclaimed "Akira."
Major Motoko Kusanagi is a beautiful cyborg who works for Section 29, Japan's secret police force, in the year 2029. Motoko's supervisor, Aramaki, orders her to find Puppet Master, a sinister computer terrorist created by a rival organization.
Helping her is fellow cyborg Bateau and the almost entirely human agent Togusa. Because their prey has the ability to hack into the minds of his enemies, the evil villain must be stopped as soon as possible.
But as the tough cops close in on their target, Motoko realizes that she and Puppet Master seem to have a lot in common.
Shown at the 1996 Berlin and South by Southwest Film Festival.
Released theatrically in New York City March 29, 1996.
Produced by Kodansha in association with Bandai Visual and Manga Entertainment.
James Cameron, who directed such science fiction movies as "The Abyss" and both "Terminator" films, had this to say of "Ghost in the Shell": "Stunning... the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence... an important visionary work."
Voices: Richard George (Bateau); Mimi Woods (Major Motoko Kusanagi); William Frederick (Aramaki); Abe Lasser (Puppet Master); Christopher Joyce (Togusa); Mike Sorich (Ishikawa); Ben Isaacson (Nakamura); Hank Smith (Minister); Steve Davis (Diplomat); and Phil Willimas (Willis).
Copyright 1995 Masamune Shirow/Kodansha Ltd./Bandai Visual Co., Ltd./Manga Entertainment. English Language Version Copyright 1996 Kodansha Ltd./Bandai Visual Co., Ltd./Manga Entertainment Inc.
"...Richly imagined....Slick and visually dazzling..." - 01/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.39
"...A knockout vision of a machine-run cityscape..." - 06/21/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.76
"...[With] a Disney-bashing level of detail, prolonged musings about the human soul and an eye-saucering hard line in action..." - 12/01/2003 Total Film, p.130
"Sublimely realised, intellectual ponderous, cheesy fun." - 12/01/2003 Uncut, p.159
4 stars out of 5 -- "It really is one of the most futuristic and strange movies imaginable and its status as animation, occupying its own exotically precise universe, means that it has arguably aged better than live-action movies like BLADE RUNNER or TOTAL RECALL." - 01/19/2017 The Guardian