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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Inosensu: Kôkaku kidôtai

Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Japan, 2004
Animation, Sci-Fi


In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot—one created solely for sexual pleasure—who slaughtered her owner.

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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Never particularly interested in the demands of narrative, Oshii uses the noir-ish plotline as a framework for more idiosyncratic strategies, like a hallucinatory sequence that’s as jarring as anything conceived by the late Satoshi Kon, the fellow anime maverick whose films Perfect Blue (1996) and Paprika (2006) are unparalleled exercises in self-destructing storytelling.
July 08, 2014
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The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie’s never less than visually breathtaking, the monumental sense of scale (especially during a festival scene) beautifully balanced by intimate characterisations – most notably in the improbably instance of a wonderfully endearing basset hound.
June 24, 2006
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With an overwhelming consistency, and with a technique that deepens the films meaning at the same time it impairs the film’s entertainment and narrative value, Oshii attacks the simplicity of the human-machine separation, a binary system that reveals endless complexities and convolutions inherent in Innocence itself. Engaging the film is not so much engaging a story, rather it is an exploration of the themes Oshii inelegantly hardwires into the narrative.
September 20, 2004
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