Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Director: Mamoru Oshii Cast: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Kouichi Yamadera
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Anime legend Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed this eagerly awaited sequel to his groundbreaking sci-fi drama Ghost in the Shell, which follows the continued adventures of futuristic crime fighters Batou (voice of Akio Otsuka) and Togusa (voice of Kouichi Yamadera). It's the year 2032, and Batou and Togusa have been assigned by the anti-terrorist force Sector 9 to track down several "gynoids" -- androids designed to resemble human females and programmed for pleasure -- who have gone on a murder spree. With the help of an android-technology expert named Kim (voice of Naoto Takenaka), Batou and Togusa find themselves following the trail of Locus Solus, an outlaw organization that may be responsible for turning the gynoids into murderers. As he digs deeper into the investigation, Batou finds himself thinking back to his times with former colleague Major (voice of Atsuko Tanaka) and pondering the notion of love and attachment in an increasingly unnatural world. Ghost in the Shell: Innocence was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2009
UPC: 0669198251856
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Bandai
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:40:00

Special Features

Making of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence; ; Director's Commentary; Trailer [Special Features Not Rated]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Akio Ôtsuka Batou
Atsuko Tanaka Major Motoko Kusanagi
Kouichi Yamadera Togusa
Tamio Oki Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki
Yutaka Nakano Ishikawa
Naoto Takenaka Kim
Kimiko Itoh Singer

Technical Credits
Mamoru Oshii Director,Screenwriter
Shuichi Hirata Art Director
Shuji Inoue Sound/Sound Designer
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa Producer
Kenji Kawai Score Composer
Miki Sakuma Cinematographer
Toshio Suzuki Producer
Yohei Taneda Production Designer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
1. New City [5:23]
2. Main Title and Credits [3:40]
3. Jurisdiction [4:50]
4. Coroner Haraway [7:58]
5. Boat House [5:16]
6. Batou's Safe House [7:43]
7. Yazuka Office [5:58]
8. The Store [2:35]
9. Orange Sky [3:13]
10. Festival [3:51]
11. Kim's Mansion [5:03]
12. Kim's Mansion, Again [8:07]
13. Kim's Mansion, The 4th Encounter [4:36]
14. Kim's Mansion, Again and Again [4:04]
15. Undersea [3:35]
16. The Ship [2:14]
17. Control System [6:20]
18. Laboratory Development [4:17]
19. Tosuga's House [4:34]
20. End Credits [1:12]

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Good flick. I think Mamoru uses CG just to prove that he can every once in a while, but I'll get over it. Worth every penny, and makes me want to learn Japanese (I'm not a subtitle kind of guy.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to the film by a friend who was already in love with 'the ghost.' Not knowing what to expect I watched him grow more quietly emotional as the film wound on. The music was the first thing that touched me. Then the images of love as a restorative began to sweep away any doubt that I was looking at something artistically fresh and philosophically worthy of a wider dialogue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
... the problem is more with the viewer than with the film itself. Innocence is different narratively than the first film, but many of the themes from the first continue to recieve attention but are explored from a slightly different perspective: that of Batou and Togusa. Visually, this film anks with Balderunner in terms of scope and magnificence. Indeed, these two movies share alot in the way of theme except that Bladerunner was made before the internet. There were alot of references made in the movie to various writers and philosophers. i didn't know them all (i've never read anything by Confucius) and part of the delight in this film is picking all of them up. not a movie for dummies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is very complex, do not take it in a simple form. Throughout the movie philisophical quotes are used emphasizing the complexity of this film. Mind hacks, reanimation, and de ja vu are all used within the Director's purpose. If you watch the director's commentary you will find that a lot of effort went into this movie based on how "man creates dolls as an image to himself". A little creepy yes, but on a deeper level this movie reveals the utter truth in it all. Excellent artwork and music scores. I enjoyed it for its philosophical values not for its action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe someone else said that this was "not a movie for dummies". Well, sorry, but that IS what this movie is in a sense. This is basically a dumbed down version of the original Ghost in the Shell. This movie did not live up to my expectations, but unlike what one of the other reviewers thinks, this fact is not my fault. Ghost in the Shell and Stand Alone Complex set some incredibly high standards that this movie had to live up to......and Innocence fell horribly short. I think most of this came about because of poor choices though. The choice to completely change the style of the movie, the idiotic choice to rely on CGI, the hearing impaired sub-titles, the choice to make reference to another one of Oshii's films (Avalon), the choice to rip off stuff from the original, etc. It all just added up to the point where I couldn't stand watching it anymore. But, please do not take my review to heart, or send me hate emails and such, go watch this movie for yourself and make up your own mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry I already own this DVD since I live in Japan. I was expecting a more provocative storyline, pushing the envelope even further then the first movie. The visual is much better with introduction of CG but the storyline,, Don't take me wrong IT was a GOOD movie but from Oshii-san I was expecting BETTER than good.
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