Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Film: Ghost in the Shell

Ahead of the live action Hollywood remake I thought I would catch a showing of the original Japanese manga of Ghost in the Shell, a film that tried to make Manga a worldwide phenomenon but failed a little, falling instead into the world of cult cinema.

Set in the future when people have been augmented with tech the story tells the tale of a female cyborg cop and her pursuit of a cyber criminal known as the puppet master. 

The plot is bonkers, not quite to the same level as the more renowned Akira, but enjoyable. The artwork is amazing and the animation still holds up today (this was originally released in '95). 

On the downside the film ends abruptly and could have done with another act. I think it led to a series of manga so I guess was intentionally produced as a pilot rather than a fully-fledged tale. It'll be interesting to see what they do with the remake.

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