Review: 攻殻機動隊 (Gōsuto In Za Sheru – Kōkaku Kidōtai/Ghost in the Shell)

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  1. Now that I’ve read your piece, I better understand what you meant.
    I think I’ll seriously reconsider watching Ghost in the shell, as I am/was kinda reluctant (for all the things you pointed above, which aren’t my cup of tea. On paper).
    I know it’s a cult movie, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. But you wrote the magical words: an awesome heroine. I’m totally IN!

    1. And there I thought you would have watched Ghost in the Shell already! Well, I never did either until last week. I have to say it did help that a friend of mine is writing part of her PhD on Ghost in the Shell. Everyone raving about something online isn’t always enough, but she is someone whose film judgment I trust (you know, some people are great friends but have terrible taste in films, but in her case, her film taste is spot on! Actually, we even went to see the film together :-)).
      If there is any chance for you to watch Ghost in the Shell on the big screen (if not in the cinema, then the biggest TV screen or projection you can find), absolutely do.
      Oh, Kusanagi is totally awesome. Really, really like her character – she is at the centre of the first film, Batō leads the second one. Not sure about the rest of the instalments.
      By the way, I am NOT up this late, I was sleeping for a few hours already but just happened to wake up and checked the time on the computer (which I use as my watch…)… which led to checking my email. Ummmm…

  2. I’m going to ramble now but Ghost in the Shell is a stone cold classic. Interestingly this was co-produced by Manga Entertainment when it was still British but I digress.
    You’re right about multiple viewings rewarding you. When I first watched GitS back in the 90’s I was too young to get the philosophy but loved the action scenes. Coming back to it and its sequel in the 2000’s I revelled in the intricacy and detail of the art, the thought that had been expended in imagining what technology of the future would look like and its social impact and the depth of the the philosophical discussions surrounding life. I also loved Kusanagi because she was no nonsense, existentialist, and tough as nails. She doesn’t have much screen time in Innocence (which I had the good fortune see in a cinema) but she still makes a major impact.
    The director, Mamoru Oshii, like to explore existential themes – try Sky Crawlers – in a lot of his works and you’ll also get beautiful moments of downtime where you can enjoy the atmospherics and Kanji Kawai’s music – the Patlabor films which are set in Tokyo have such brilliant moments which humanise events. Kenji Kawai also did the OST’s for the Ringu films as well.
    Okay, I’ll stop boring you now.

    1. Not boring me at all! First of all, it’s always nice to get comments from readers, and even more so from people who enjoy the same films (although disagreement is fine as well!).
      I would love to see Innocence in the cinema, but that would probably take a bit of luck. Well, the cinema in which I saw the first film, does have a ‘film suggestion’ website, so I left them a note saying they should do a complete “Ghost in the Shell” marathon…. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that!
      Appreciate the recommendations – I will give Sky Crawlers a try for sure (you’re not the first one to recommend to me), though probably not Ringu as I haven’t got the nerves for horror!

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