Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Neo-noir cyberpunk with a healthy dose of philosophy and existentialism in the mix. Topped with amazing animation and an engaging storyline, this is a true masterpiece that is rarely bettered. Melancholy and full of action; visually unique and hypnotic. Maybe even better than its predecessor?
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence was never intended to be a direct sequel to Ghost in the Shell, but meant to stand tall on its own two feet. But since the West is somewhat obsessed with sequels, it got the dreaded number 2 attached to it. This means that it doesn’t matter if you have never seen the original or only have seen the live action adaptation with Scarlett Johansson. This movie can be experienced and enjoyed on its own. And what an experience it is!
The animation blends 2D and 3D in a magical way, and is exceptionally beautiful in all its detailed glory. With Studio Ghibli on the producing team, this remains the only anime film to have ever been nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
20. NOV – Intro, Jasper Sharp
The screening of GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE at 13.00 in Vega 1 is introduced by cyberpunk expert Jasper Sharp
Mamoru Oshii (b. 1951) is the Japanese filmmaker behind such acclaimed animé movies as Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993) and Ghost in the Shell (1995) – which was a huge source of inspiration for The Matrix (1999). Oshii was inspired by European filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman, Jean-Luc Godard and Andrei Tarkovsky.
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Original title イノセンス
Director Mamoru Oshii
Screenplay Shirow Masamune, Mamoru Oshii
Cinematography Miki Sakuma
Producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Toshio Suzuki m.fl.
Cast Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Kôichi Yamadera
Production Company Bandai Visual Company, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, DENTSU Music And Entertainment, ITNDDTD, Kôdansha, Production I.G., Studio Ghibli
Runtime 1h 40m
Language Japanese, Cantonese
Genre Drama, Animation
Age limit 15