Ghost in The Shell (1995) A Scifi Masterpiece

Ghost in The Shell

“There’s nothing sadder than a puppet without a ghost, especially the kind with red blood running through them.”

Ghost in The Shell is a Science Fiction classic released in 1995 and Directed by Mamoro Oshii, Based on a Japanese best selling Manga. The movie is often said to be a breakthrough in science Fiction and The Famous Matrix trilogy was heavily inspired from The Animated Movie.

The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. The plot follows a cyborg police officer named Major Motoko Kusanagi and her mostly-human colleagues as they attempt to find a rogue hacker known only as “The Puppet Master”.  Hacking crimes seem to be a common occurrence in the “near future”, but this criminal is unique as it appears to be a cyborg that possesses its own “ghost”, which it manufactured itself. The story then follows corruption and scandals leading to a sci-fi action thriller.

Ghost in The Shell

The Movie is stunning to look at, especially if take in account of the year the movie was released. Japanese animators have always been ahead of the rest of the world in this department and the movie proves it craftily. The Cityscapes, the background water reflection, everything looks stunning and is a marvel of animation. The seemingly normal people living their normal life is shown quite beautifully, this movie is an example of what creative minds can achieve using animation.

The movie is situated in a dark and brooding city, it feels claustrophobic and  gives the story a dark and gritty backdrop to move along. The Characters are multi dimensional, not like other normal anime characters. They are struggling and have their own character arc, which they go through. While reading the Manga before would help, because there is not much character development in the movie. Which is the only thing that the movie lacks. The Story starts along awkwardly but gathers wit along as it evolves. Another thing that troubled me was the amped up sexuality involving the female character of the movie. The nudity involved in the movie was too much some times.

Ghost in The Shell

The best thing about the movie is the heavy themes the movie revolves around. The movie is about information outflow and humans designing AI and giving them Independence. Multiple individual themes goes on behind the intricate plot of the movie, but the main theme of the movie is Humanity. The Movie questions what is Humanity? Why are we called Humans? Are we just Ghost in a shell? Is there something deep residing in us?

Read some of the quotes from The movie:

” There are countless ingredients that make up the human body and mind, like all the components that make up me as an individual with my own personality. Sure I have a face and voice to distinguish myself from others, but my thoughts and memories are unique only to me, and I carry a sense of my own destiny. Each of those things are just a small part of it. I collect information to use in my own way. All of that blends to create a mixture that forms me and gives rise to my conscience. I feel confined, only free to expand myself within boundaries. “

“Section 6 Department Chief Nakamura: Nonsense! There’s no proof at all that you are a living, thinking life form!
Puppet Master: And can you offer me proof of your existence? How can you, when neither modern science nor philosophy can explain what life is?”

“Puppet Master : A copy is just an identical image. There is the possibility that a single virus could destroy an entire set of systems and copies do not give rise to variety and originality. Life perpetuates itself through diversity and this includes the ability to sacrifice itself when necessary. Cells repeat the process of degeneration and regeneration until one day they die, obliterating an entire set of memory and information. Only genes remain. Why continually repeat this cycle? Simply to survive by avoiding the weaknesses of an unchanging system. “

” If a technological feat is possible, man will do it. Almost as if it’s wired into the core of our being. “

These quotes from the movie shows what the movie is capable of questioning. It transcends the reality and questions our beliefs of what we are. Would we stop ourselves from achieving something so  dangerous? With these heavy themes the movie is not everyone’s cup of tea. But if You are a thinker, you would be amazed by the movie and it is a must watch for you.

Ghost in The Sell ******** (8/10)

Parental Guidance This Movie is strictly Adult , Contains Nudity involving a robot.

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Yesterday First Look of Ghost In the Shell live action movie was launched starring Scarlett Johansson take a look :

Scarlett Johanson- Ghost in The Shell

While There is nothing wrong with her look, she might nail the role perfectly. Even her voice seems fit for the role for Major Kusanagi. But why not cast a Japenese Lead for an adaptation of Japenese Animated Movie, like what they did for Pacific Rim, In pacific rim the lead had good action and acting skills. She would have fit in perfectly for that role. We would have to wait and see i guess.

Rinki Kukuchi in Pacific Rim

 

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