Ghost in the Shell (1995)


“Ghost in the Shell” (GITS) since its release in 1995 has been a cult classic and an inspiration to many movies/shows in the cyber punk genre. The most notable being “The Matrix.”

“GITS” was originally a manga by Shirow Masamune and was then adapted into a movie directed by Mamoru Oshii. “GITS” on the surface is about a special police force on the hunt for a hacker known as The Puppet Master. The movie follows Major Motoko Kusanagi as she unfolds conspiracies and finds out who The Puppet Master really is.

That’s just the surface. What made this movie so popular, besides it’s amazing animation and superb settings, were the underlying themes and messages in this movie. The most prominent theme being ” what makes a human, human?” The movie is very deep and analytical and questions existence.

With the release of the trailer for the “Ghost in the Shell” live action movie, starring Scarlett Johansson and set to release March, 2017, I decided to sit down and watch the original 1995 animated movie. I definitely made the right decision. If you love sci-fi movies I’d highly recommend watching “Ghost in the Shell. The movie is rated R for nudity, strong language, and violence so be aware if you’re viewing around kids.

If you’re interested in watching this movie you can find both the 2008 and 1995 versions on Hulu. I’d recommend watching the original 1995 version due to the 2008 version, “Ghost in the Shell V2.0,” being inferior in many ways. If you can get your hands on the Japanese dub I’d recommend that also since the English dub is really dated and sounds very average to today standards.

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