Ghost in the Shell


Release Date: 1996
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Running Time: 85 minutes
Cast: Animated
Comic Artist: Masamune Shirow
First Appearance: Young Magazine (1989)


Starting life as a school teacher, Shirow finally became a full time comic artist. Known as a recluse he lives in Hyogo, Japan. Also known for his work on Black Magic, Dominion: Tank Police and Appleseed.


In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who -- like many in her department -- is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? What, exactly, is the "ghost" -- her essence -- in her cybernetic "shell"? When Section Six gets involved in the case, she is forced to confront the fact that there is more here than meets the eye, and that the Puppet Master may hold some of the answers she seeks. But little does she know that he has been seeking her as well.

© Emru Townsend, All Movie Guide

Prequels, Sequels and Follow-ons:

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (aka Innocence: Kôkaku kidôtai; Inosensu) 2004. Animated Directed by: Mamoru Oshii


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