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Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan 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.

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 Motoko Kusanagi.

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Product Title: Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version) 攻殼機動隊 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(日本版) Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version) イノセンス / スタンダード版 スタンダード版 Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Takenaka Naoto | Oshii Mamoru | Shirow Masamune | Yamadera Koichi | Otsuka Akio | Tanaka Atsuko | Okiura Hiroyuki | Kawai Kenji | Hiroshi Nakano | Oki Tamio 竹中直人 | 押井守 | 士郎正宗 | 山寺宏一 | 大塚明夫 | 田中敦子 | 沖浦啟之 | 川井憲次 | 仲野裕 | Tamio Oki 竹中直人 | 押井守 | 士郎正宗 | 山寺宏一 | 大冢明夫 | Tanaka Atsuko | 冲浦启之 | 川井宪次 | 仲野裕 | Oki Tamio 竹中直人 | 押井守 | 士郎正宗 | 山寺宏一 | 大塚明夫 | 田中敦子 | オキウラ ヒロユキ | 川井憲次 | 仲野裕 | 大木民夫 Takenaka Naoto | Oshii Mamoru | Shirow Masamune | Yamadera Koichi | Otsuka Akio | Atsuko Tanaka | Okiura Hiroyuki | Kawai Kenji | Hiroshi Nakano | Tamio Oki
Director: Oshii Mamoru 押井守 押井守 押井守 Oshii Mamoru
Release Date: 2004-09-15
Publisher Product Code: VWDS-9102
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Other Information: 2DVDs
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003612286

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押井守 (監督、脚本) / 士郎正宗 (原作) / 川井憲次 (音楽) / 沖浦啓之 (キャラクターデザイン) / 大塚明夫 (バトー) / 田中敦子 (草薙素子) / 山寺宏一 (トグサ) / 竹中直人 (キム)

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製作国:日本/製作年:2004/カラー
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Professional Review of "Ghost in the Shell 2 : INNOCENCE (Standard Version)(Japan 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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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.4 out of 10 (7)

Anonymous

November 17, 2004

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

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

"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

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

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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