Ghost in the Shell 1995.


A while ago I reviewed Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters Part 1. I really enjoyed that and it made me want to follow my anime journey a little bit more and where better to start than Ghost in the Shell; hopefully. Anime or should I call it Manga? I never know what to call it has always been somewhat of a curiosity to me but I never know where to start, something tells me that this film is a good place to begin.  Released in 1995 and directed by Mamoru Oshii and written by Kazunori. What is very important for me with these reviews is to describe my own feelings and write what I think about the film. I don’t research the story, instead, you get my view of the film whether it be right or wrong. The outcome of this has been really wonderful once I hear comments from other people and my take on the film could be completely wrong but that is the great thing about it. I really enjoy how my first viewing changes after some discussion. Okay, I SHELL begin. (Sorry) 

From the opening credits I’m already wondering did the Wachowski sisters steal the number grid from this film, it looks very similar? I really do love the whole cyberpunk look and from the start, this looks beautiful and the animation looks very impressive for 1995. The look of the landscape and the sounds of the city really put me into the film. I am curious as to why the Hollywood remake bombed? I’m only about ten minutes into the film and I really want to watch that version of it now, furthermore; I want to see how different it is from this; because this is amazing. I really do enjoy watching a female lead character and Kusanagi looks kick ass. Anyway, the dialogue in this film is getting pretty heavy so I’m into this film already, can’t wait to see where it takes me. 


So, from the start, we find the Kusanagi and her team trying to track down the Puppet Master who is responsible for hacking into a cyber brain to extract information! I really did enjoy the garbage truck chase and I started having flashbacks of all the great cartoons I used to watch when I was younger, wonderful stuff indeed. So now I start to think a lot of these characters are cyborgs throughout this chase as one of the officers is looking through a monitor screen to help see the perpetrator in his thermo-optical camouflage! The chase ends and we find out this guy is not the person we are looking for and his brain has been hacked, I love this. The next part of the story I find very interesting is when a cybernetic body escapes from Megatech and is run over by a truck, furthermore; it ends up at Section 9 and pleads for political asylum? The one thing I have noticed is there a lot of discussion about life and what it means and then we find out that there is a ghost in the brain of the cyborg, this starts me thinking that this is something more than mankind can create?I will admit that I will need to watch this film a few more times before I totally get it. I prefer stories like that though. The cyborg ends up escaping Section 9. It seems Section 6 who came to see the cyborg are the ones who helped create it? Confusion is kicking in a bit now. Kusanagi tracks down the Puppet Master to an abandoned warehouse and the next fifteen minutes are superb as there is a battle between Kusanagi and a walking tank. There is something quite elegant about this fight as Kusanagi is almost killed after ripping her own arms off trying to enter the tank. Next is a little hard to explain but after connecting with the cyborg I think Kusanagi merges with the Puppet Master as they have both become sentient life forms and combined they can learn more? I hope I am correct. My interpretation of this is that any life form will always be looking for an answer to life, very much like ourselves? As much as I do like this genre, I do sometimes find it all so confusing but I am a daydreamer on my own existence so I like to know to learn about a writer’s interpretation of theirs. Finally, after the merge Kusanagi and the ghost have been transferred to a child’s body, no longer the Major and no longer the Puppet Master; the entity is free to go and the discover the world. please tell me there is a sequel to this because I need to know more? This film was not what I expected, it was actually more and I enjoyed it immensely. I will say I am even more curious about the Hollywood remake and will be watching that very soon. Such a wonderful viewing experience and now I want more. 

Okay, then what are your thoughts? Also, do you have any suggestions for films I could review? I would love to hear from you anyway. Thank you for reading.


8 thoughts on “Ghost in the Shell 1995.

  1. > please tell me there is a sequel to this because I need to know more?

    Surely you know already by now. It’s called Innocence, same director.


  2. There is a sequel but it is not dubbed like the original is and there is a TV series as well. The reason the Hollywood film flopped is because they casted the characters wrong. It should have been a completely Japanese cast since it was based in Tokyo.


  3. You’ve got the essence of it quite right. The expository speech the main character gives when they are on the boat after her swim pretty much sums up the whole concept behind the movie. This movie did in part inspire the Wachowskis’s Matrix as well as the original Blade Runner


  4. Manga are Japanese comics, Anime is well…animated. Anime usually refers to TV broadcast Animation, which uses a lower frame count to animate scenes than animated features films like Disney(at 24 frames per second) or Studio Ghibli(at around 12 frames per second), but animated features and TV broadcast animation are usually lumped together in terms of content. The Hollywood remake took story elements from each iteration from the various ghost in the shell interpretations(the 2 season TV series, the ‘95 and ‘04 movies, and the original manga), and mashed them all together in an hour and a half, discarding all of the interesting philosophical and dialogue heavy aspects of the previous interpretations. I think the depiction of the city is poor also in comparison to the atmosphere of the 1995 movie. Throughout the franchise, theseus’ paradox is apparent through the constant questioning of what it means to be human in an age of transhumanism, and I thought the city as presented in the ‘95 movie represented this very well. In the 2017 movie, the city instead feels like a mashup of the initial scenes of Neo Tokyo in the Akira film and Los Angeles as it appears in Blade Runner, with certain scenes feeling almost TRON-like.


  5. Oh I forgot to mention, if you liked this film you should check out the Patlabor movies. They are earlier films directed by Oshii, and the second film specifically landed him the job of directing the ‘95 GITS film.


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