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1,831 Ratings

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Inosensu: Kôkaku kidôtai

Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Japan, 2004
Animation, Sci-Fi, Drama


In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot—one created solely for sexual pleasure—who slaughtered her owner.

Our take

A follow-up to the 1995 sci-fi drama from anime legend Mamoru Oshii, this sequel is a clever blend of CGI and traditional, hand-drawn animation. Echoing cult classic Blade Runner for the dystopian tone of its plotting, Ghost in the Shell 2 offers a neon swirl of action and philosophy.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Directed by Mamoru Oshii
The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie’s never less than visually breathtaking, the monumental sense of scale (especially during a festival scene) beautifully balanced by intimate characterisations – most notably in the improbably instance of a wonderfully endearing basset hound.
June 24, 2006
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In this plaintive, often stunningly beautiful anime, where sex dolls commit virtual seppuku against a swirl of film noir intrigue, philosophical speculation, eye-popping images and serious science-fiction cool, a toxic cloud hangs over all tomorrow’s parties.
September 17, 2004
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Mamoru Oshii’s 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original… The pair are as erudite as they are hard-boiled: when they’re not gunning down yakuza thugs they’re speculating on the nature of being and consciousness and making references to Confucius, Plato, the Bible, and the legend of the golem.
September 16, 2004
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