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Ghost in the Shell

攻殻機動隊 | Kôkaku kidôtai

Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Japan, United States, 1995
Animation, Sci-Fi


In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. A group of cybernetically enhanced cops hunt down the ‘Puppet Master’, a computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts.

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Ghost in the Shell Directed by Mamoru Oshii
The heroine is Major, aka Motoko Kusanagi, an artificial life form grappling with questions about her soul, her humanity and the body in which she resides. She is a cybernetic warrior employed by tactical force unit Section 9, cracking down on crimes within “the net.” But she can’t crack open the reasoning behind her own existence. Her journey illuminates a skill that transgender people must learn in order to survive: reconciling the body and the mind.
April 07, 2017
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Even in its big action set pieces, Oshii manages to sustain a tone of reflection, as if all those pyrotechnics were merely a conduit for the deeper human concerns he, drawing from Masamune Shirow’s manga, had in mind… Oshii’s original remains a truly visionary sci-fi work impressive not only for its dazzling spectacle, but for the richness of its ideas about identity, humanity and technology.
March 31, 2017
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The most beautiful scenes in GitS involve water, both the rendering of and the Major’s movement through it, most memorably when she KOs a two-bit criminal with her thermoptic camouflage turned on—rendering her invisible—becoming visually nothing more than the pressure on his bones or a ripple in the air as the shallow waters around their feet gracefully confirm the martial choreography.
March 30, 2017
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