Inosensu: Kôkaku kidôtai (Ghost in the Shell 2)

Sore wa inotchi innosensu ('Innocence is Life')

Nine years ago, writer/director Mamoru Oshii's widely influential "Ghost in the Shell" burst onto the international film scene, becoming one of the most successful anime films of all time. Now, Oshii returns with the long-awaited sequel "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence."

The film is set in 2032, when the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Humans have virtually forgotten what it means to be entirely human in both body and spirit, and the few humans that are left coexist with cyborgs (human spirits inhabiting entirely mechanized bodies) and dolls (robots with no human elements at all).

Batou is a cyborg. His body is artificial: the only remnants left of his humanity are traces of his brain… and the memories of a woman called The Major.

A detective for the government's covert anti-terrorist unit, Public Security Section 9, Batou is investigating the case of a gynoid — a hyper-realistic female robot created specifically for sexual companionship — who malfunctions and slaughters her owner.

As Batou delves deeper into the investigation, questions arise about humanity's need to immortalize its image in dolls. Together, Batou and his partner must take on violent Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime.

Rotten Tomatoes Score:

80%

Genre:

Action, Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy

Writer:

Masamune Shirow, Mamoru Oshii

Directors:

Mamoru Oshii

Leads:

Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Kôichi Yamadera, Tamio Ôki, Yutaka Nakano

Music:

Kenji Kawai

Length:

100 minutes

Year:

2004

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese, Cantonese, English

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