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Ghost in the Shell (1995)
April 3, 2011, 11:52 am
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Director: Mamoru Oshii

A breakthrough anime film for American audiences, Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell remains a visionary transhumanist effort that deeply challenges its viewers through the density of the plot and its conceptually abstract ruminations. In a future world in which humans and cyborgs coexist, a supercomputer known as The Puppet Master gains consciousness and navigates the informational sea without restriction. As difficult as it is to gain footing when first entering this wholly unique world, the film is nonetheless successful as a visual spectacle with moody lighting and a number of impressively staged action sequences. Most memorable about the picture is its often nude protagonist, Major Motoko Kusanagi, whose empowerment is largely unparalleled by most female characters in American film.