Ghost in the Shell (1995)
In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster.
Please don't spend money on this.
One hour and a half of nothing
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.
Ghost in the shell tries to show a realistic depiction of the future where humans are able to modify their brains and connect them in a huge network, pretty much like the internet, and like the internet nowadays it becomes mandatory for everyone living in this world to be able to connect to each other. The world around GitS is very complex and interesting, and will fascinate you in its own way, showing you not only the bright ideas of this future, but also its dirty sides, the hacking of another mind, the deleting of someone's memory, things connected to hacking-problems people face today and exactly that makes this movie so relatable even over 20 years of its release. And besides presenting you this futuristic world in this movie many fundamental questions appear, which go deeper into the thematic of what is life itself, since it is possible to create artificial intelligence. The movie also has a lot of well-made action scenes. They are not really the main focus of the movie but succeed in creating tension. The soundtrack of this movie is as well phenomenal, with a combination of traditional Japanese instruments and voices, the music in this movie is so unique and gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. The Art style of Ghost in the Shell impresses its audience with one of the most detailed backgrounds with very beautiful drawn skyscrapers, technical detail of the machines, weapons and especially the robots are amazing. The artstyle was influenced very much but movies like "Blade Runner" and "Akira", which both look gorgeous as well. So in conclusion GitS gives you a whole package of a very dark and mature futuristic world and its ideas. Its based on a combination of very deep and meaningful conversations, dark and very beautiful art style and entertaining combat, doing a great job in all of these.
I am glad to say that this was the best film I have seen for Anime Month so far! The best part is probably how gorgeous the animation is. Honestly, I don't know if I've ever seen anime that looked more realistic than this. They got the facial expressions and body movements about as authentic as you can get. The colors and everything else are so beautiful in this. I saw a dubbed version, but am glad the one I saw didn't omit any Japanese writing or anything. Yeah, it's not much, but I can always appreciate versions like that. This movie tells the story of a cyborg woman on a police force.I have always been fascinated by this film if only because on the surface, it seemed to be the most adult oriented animated film ever made. It's hard not to notice the sexual overtones. I mean, the main character is in a robot body resembling a naked woman! I guess there's no reason for this, but it creates perfect atmosphere. I saw the live-action version and I'll cut it some slack because it would be impossible to make any other version on the same level as this film. We get great dialogue all the time. The film is fairly short, but the pacing is simply fantastic.My favorite part is probably when she's trying to rip the top off of the tank, but her metal tendons actually burst through her skin and even off her body. It's so powerful to see the diligence in her. I love hearing the conversations about the idea of creating a soul and what it means to be truly human. It's pretty unique for the genre and it has a really nice unexpected ending too. It certainly felt epic even with its short running time. It's still based on a manga, but feels original. ****
A must-see film for Sci-fi, Anime and Cyberpunk fans. Even though you are not a fan of any of those, I can assure your curiosity will let you enjoy it. I will dedicate this review to recommend the 1995 film, and why I don't recommend the 2017 remake. Both movies are aesthetically visual, but the difference between this two beautiful "shells", is the very "ghost" within. I'll try to be brief, but with enough content about both. So, let's go:1995: (9/10)We were presented to a thought-provoking and question-rising plot, where there are intrigue and political complot; it takes us on a tour about the relationship between environment and character (aspect-to-aspect sequences). Motoko Kusanagi is the center of the rising questioning about humanity, identity, and memory. What means to be human in a world were human functioning has become more mechanical and technological (read: "Ship of Theseus")? If our brains and conscience (ghost) can be "hacked", how do we know if we are living in the real world (direct influence for "The Matrix" - 1999)?Also, our main "villain", the Puppet Master: A self-aware Artificial Intelligence (AI) whose desire to evolve and be impermanent is the engine for this story. One of the most complex and well-developed characters ever, he is the reference for philosophy, Buddhism and transcendent questions that made this movie, an instant classic.2017: (5/10)We are presented to a plot that follows one direction: vengeance. As the trailer shows us: it is about identity theft and making the responsible pay for it. After that, there ain't much more to it. Our main character's only question is why she feels something has been taken from her. Our main "villain", Kuze, follows the same formulaic goal of taking revenge against those who made him what he is. For real, that's basically it: no depth, American clichés, even the action feels flat.
I had quite forgotten how wonderful, inciteful, imaginative, and beautiful this film is. Since Hollywood is making their own version of this film I thought I would revisit the original itself.America will ruin this movie.What writer, Masamune Shirow (Manga Author), and screenwriter, Kazunori Ito, give the audience in Ghost In The Shell is a deep and thought- provoking story of a world on the edge of great change. It's the year 2029 and most of the population have been augmented with machinery and computerisation. People are able to send thoughts through the wires and electronic ether to each other as well as verbally. Cyborgs are used to help to police the civilisations.Major Motoko Kusanagi is one of these cyborgs. She works for Section Nine who are on the trail of The Puppet Master; a hacker who can infiltrate his way into a person's shell and use their ghost to assassinate officials. Though, The Puppet Master is not what he seems.As the story progresses and the truth is revealed we asked a question... What actually represents life? This looks to be a simple question, however, in the context of the story it expands to absorbing and provocative magnitudes.This is a story with heart and thought.What makes this movie and story even more substantial is the animation. Within this film are some great shots and scenes. I love the way that even the backgrounds are so detailed and add to the feel and atmosphere of the film itself.This is a visually stunning piece of work that should be viewed for that fact alone. In addition, the musical soundtrack of Kenji Kawai is superb as matches the artwork and feel of the film. In one montage Kawai music and the accompanying images emote a feeling of sadness, despair, and hope in the viewer.If you haven't watched this yet then do yourself a favour and find yourself a copy to watch. Now in my top ten movies.