GHOST IN THE SHELL (kokaku kidootai) (1995 JAPAN U.K. ANIMATED) D: MAMORU OSHII W: KAZUNORI ITO P: YOSHIMASU MIZUO/KEN MATSUMOTO/KEN IYADOMI/MITSUHISA ISHIKAWA
Probably the most internationally recognised and respected anime feature after AKIRA is very different from that classic. In the future "enhanced" humans are replacing their organs with more efficient artificial ones, mind upgrades and need regular maintenance. Someone is hacking into people and making them do things against their will. The main character is a female cyborg cop on the case, and this fascinating, intelligent and great-looking movie goes into new areas of sci-fi. Only the weak ending lets it down i think. It's based on Masamune Shirou's manga and was ahead of it's time in incorporating computer techniques with cell animation. Kenji Kawai's soundtrack is amazing. In 2002 a GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX tv anime series debuted and there was a sequel.

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