The film adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell” (1995) directed by Mamoru Oshii, starting with the most celebrated work of the sci-fi anime of Masamune Shirow, creator of Applesseed or Dominion Tank Police, arrives on the online platform on June 1, 2020.
Ghost in the Shell (original title: Kokaku Kidotai za Gōsuto In za Sheru) tells the story of Major Kusanagi, a member of Sector 9, a private defense organization of the Japanese government, to investigate cyber crimes. Most of all members of Sector 9 have altered their bodies, and have cyber arguments. Our protagonist has only her physical human brain, the rest of his body is synthetic, which could be considered an android. Other colleagues like Batou have cyber eyes, with multiple uses, while almost everyone has intracranial radio implants to be able to speak without using a microphone. The post-World War III society that presents us with the world of Ghost in the Shell, coupled with the use of this technology of cybernetic enhancement of the body for the whole society, generate a new vision of humanity. Where the barrier between the synthetic, the virtual and the real and natural are blurred.
Despite being released 25 years ago, Ghost in the Shell is a film with an important philosophical background that questions and reflects not only about our most existential doubts, but also brings philosophical speculations about the near future to the world of popular culture. A recurring theme inspired by other films such as Matrix, Battle Angel:Alita, Artificial Intelligence or Surrogates.
In addition to the plot, one of the highlights is the animation of the film. An authentic visual poem by Production IG, also known by Neon Genesis Evangelion, which defeatis quality and a great job. And, on the other hand, a masterful soundtrack that delights us with pieces in which tradition and modernity are given the hand in perfect harmony.
Ghost in the Shell is a classic. A timeless and simply brilliant film both in esthetic and argumentative terms, which oozes a deep existential and mystical subtext and impresses us, going from more to better with its obsessive attention to detail and design for a dehumanized, washed-out, and corrupt future; where the ubiquitous presence of technology determines every aspect of human reality.In short, a futuristic dystopia that will especially please those who enjoyed Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, perhaps the most mythical film on the subject.