Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Director: Mamoru Oshii Run Time: 82 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 1995
Starring: Akio Otsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Koichi Yamadera, Yutaka Nakano
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
About the film:
Gateway Film Center and Anime Expo Cinema Nights invite you to return to the visually stunning and poignant classic Ghost in the Shell (1995).
2029: A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of “The Puppet Master,” a mysterious and threatening computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, Kusanagi embarks on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.
Director Mamoru Oshii’s award-winning cyber-tech thriller, based on the comic book by Shirow Masamune, is lauded as one of the leading Japanese animation films of all time.
About the filmmaker:
Mamoru Oshii is an influential Japanese filmmaker known for writing and directing thought-provoking and visually stunning animated features, original video anime (OVA), television anime series, and live-action films. His work on the neo-noir cyberpunk thriller Ghost in the Shell (1995) led him to international critical and commercial success, and his sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) competed for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
His other work includes directing the first ever OVA, Dallos (1983), the Urusei Yatsura series and films, the surreal OVA Angel’s Egg (1985), multiple Patlabor movies, and The Sky Crawlers (2008), which competed for the Golden Lion in the Venice Film Festival. He also wrote the manga Kerberos Panzer Cop (1988–2000) and its feature film adaptation Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999), the basis for the live action film Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018).
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