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Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Oshii Mamoru (Director)
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Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Revisit the world of Ghost in the Shell once more in the acclaimed sequel Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. Innocence was the first Japanese animation ever to receive a nomination for the Golden Palm at the 57th Cannes Film Festival, and was released in many territories other than Japan. This Blu-ray disc release comes with the original feature film Ghost in the Shell: Innocence, the international release version of the film, and the "Innocence no Jokei" animated music clips collection.

Writer-director Oshii Mamoru returns to the complex cyber world of his revolutionary 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell with the visually astounding Innocence. This sequel to the anime classic takes us to the year 2032, and a world where human beings live side-by-side with highly intelligent cyborgs. Part-man, mostly-machine detective Batou is assigned to investigate a series of murders committed by "gynoids", humanoid pet machines created for pleasure. But during his investigations, he makes some startling discoveries, including ones concerning his former partner, Major Kusanagi Motoko.

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Product Title: Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 攻殼機動隊 2 之無邪 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 攻壳机动队 2 之无邪 (Blu-ray) (香港版) イノセンス スタンダード版 Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Director: Oshii Mamoru 押井守 押井守 押井守 Oshii Mamoru
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2009-06-26
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 99 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1020422891

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Made nine years the groundbreaking animation classic GHOST IN THE SHELL, Oshii's cyberpunk joureny continues in this sequel.

The story begins in 2032, when Japan is inhabited by the dwindling race of humans, pruely mechanical androids, and cyborgs. Like public security offier Batou, his body is fully artificial and the only remnants left of his humanity are traces of his brain and the memories of a woman called Motoko. One day, he is sent to investigate a series of murder. The perpetrators are apparently the gynoids - androids made in the form of young women, used as sex dolls - that have malfunctioned. Batou thinks he is getting closer to the truth but it's util he runs into Motoko that he knows the truth is far beyond his knowledge...
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Professional Review of "Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 21, 2007

This professional review refers to Innocence - Ghost in the Shell 2 International Version (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
Innocence - Ghost in the Shell 2 is unlike anything you have seen before. The viewer is lost in a sea of lush visuals that seamlessly blend a Blade Runner noir future with traditional Japanese iconography. The level of texture detail is astounding with even the wood grain of a door frame revealing varnished depths. CG is integrated seamlessly. A set piece in a convenience store simply has to be seen to be believed – then confirmed by a friend. Anime has never looked so beautiful. Innocence is such a visual feast that afterwards, I felt like I needed to go on an anime diet.

With the disappearance of Major Kusanagi, the story centers around two of her colleagues, the cyborg-enhanced Batou and the human, Togusa. The film is infused with a beautiful melancholy, a love story subtext that reflects Batou’s feelings for the absent Major. This feeling is only enhanced by the monolithic skycrapers that cast the city in perpetual shadow and a golden smog-diffused sun.

The direction and staging are truly awesome. Action sequences recall John Woo circa Hard Boiled. A visit to a coroner’s office is inspired in its contrasting minimalism and a traditional parade in the free trade zone is just magnificent in its detail. The wonderful female chorus from the first film is revisited giving the experience that otherworldly quality.

Of course with human and cyborg characters in place, Mamoru Oshii can indulge his continuing exploration of what it means to be human. The film is filled with humans who crave technological perfection and cyborgs that want biological continuity. As themes, these are fine. However, in the second act, Oshii has his characters engage in didactic tracts. The principals quote Milton and Keats, and there are so many animal metaphors for life that the film feels like a trip to an existential zoo. These exchanges sound like Oshii’s musings rather than the character’s beliefs, and have the twin effect of taking the viewer out of the experience and becalming the film. The third act thankfully shakes viewers with a bang. Oh yes, Oshii’s beloved basset hounds also return - and was that an implication that bassets are the highest form of consciousness?

One thing that struck me watching Innocence is that Oshii’s female sex robots, with rolls of baby-like fat, seem intentionally sexless. Simply from a commercial point of view it seems odd. For all his thoughts on the processes of life, desire does not seem to be part of Oshii’s equation. Even Batou’s longing for the Major is sublimated.

Although Innocence is not a perfect film, it is a sensory experience that has to be seen. The film’s visual splendor more than makes up for Oshii’s pace-killing theorizing and its finale saves it from dropping too far back in the pack. After Innocence, you won’t look at anime the same way again.

9 questions of existence out of 10

by Andrew Symons - Heroic-Cinema.com

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Customer Review of "Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (7)

Anonymous

November 17, 2004

This customer review refers to Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version)
f***ing awesome! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i disagree that this movie is for fans only. i never even heard of the orginal flick before this film was released. my boyfriend, an anime and manga fan, dragged me to see it and i was blown away, by both imagery and plot. i rushed to rent and watch the first, and was even more impressed with philosophy behind these movies. i've seen each movie atleast three times and hope to watch more when i purchase them both on dvd.
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Anonymous

November 3, 2004

This customer review refers to Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version)
Mind-Blowing!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The visuals of INNOCENCE are amazing with great animations.High-explosive action scenes and a soundtrack that couldn't have been better.INNOCENCE includes a cool and thrilling story.You gotta watch it.
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Anonymous

October 21, 2004

This customer review refers to Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version)
"Innocence" is out of this world Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
"Innocence" is the long awaited sequel to Ghost in the Shell (& the follow up to Stand Alone Complex & 2nd Gig). In my oppinion this film is the Greatest achievment in Animation Art work & Cinematic Artistic direction of ALL time. This film is a "Must Watch" for all Animation fans.
Although the story line in complex, you will find yourself watching this film over & over.
Its Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous

October 15, 2004

This customer review refers to Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version)
Interesting, more of the same Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
Ghost in the shell 2, Innocence has some visually appealing eye candy. The computer animation is integrated into very well into the cell animation. The story though is another monster in itself. The plot is highly complex with lots of philosophy about man and machine in between action scenes. This movie is for fans only, as any casual viewer will not be able to follow this movie from the beginning to the end. The commander(name?) from the first ghost in the shell only makes an appearance at the very end of the movie, it's a bit dissapointing she only shows up in the end. Overall, a decent flick for ghost in the shell fans.. if you are not, stay away.
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Anonymous

September 30, 2004

This customer review refers to Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version)
AMAZING MASTERPIECE Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
innocence is definitely one of the best animes yet.prepare for mind-blowing visuals and overwhelming animations.the sound and music score is brilliant and it all comes together with a thrilling and exciting story.
innocence is a must have,not only for anime fans or fans of the first movie.watch it and be amazed by this masterpiece.
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