Ghost in the Shell (GITS) was a manga series originally created by Masamune Shirow in 1989 that eventually gave rise to a series of films, OVAs, anime and even a live-action. The first anime film in the franchise, 1995 Ghost in The Shell, is what has been the most successful among the public and the specialized critics and it is definitely an undisputed masterpiece of Japanese animation.
Before influencing Blade Runner, Matrix and even other unexpected aspects of pop culture, the big ideas behind Ghost in the Shell were completely new and hardly anyone had an idea of the impact they would have on the cultural landscape.
Even the premise behind Altered Carbon, which was launched recently on Netflix and it relies on the transmission of the mind by different bodies was completely influenced by GITS, which is yet another example of how much the film continues to be a source of inspiration today and how current it still is.
Synopsis of the movie Ghost in the Shell
The film is set in 2029, which in the 1980s looked like a distant future, but today it is only a decade away. It is an era in which some multinational corporations practically dominated the world and the borders between countries are no longer as well defined as they are today. It is in this world with an ill-defined physical space in which humans coexist with robots and some people are so cybernetically modified that the line between man and machine is so thin that on several occasions it seems to disappear.
One of these improved humans is the Major Motoko, which has so many changes in the body that only its "soul" is still "original". In the film, she and the other members of Section 9 attempt to investigate how the black hat hacker known as Puppet master, which is much more than it seems at first, uses cyberspace to hack the minds of humans to achieve their ends.
Ghost in The Shell High Points
The film raises several questions about the real nature of artificial intelligence and the probable future that awaits us if it really is developed at superhuman levels.
Several aspects are addressed philosophical about how memories make us who we are and what really makes us human. Without major spoilers, the small arc of the film related to the truck driver is one of the saddest and densest moments that a film has ever been able to show and it is practically impossible that its story will not be forever in the mind of anyone who watches the movie.
The whole plot takes place in the Japan of the future, with some of the most beautiful strokes and camera movements ever created, and the director addresses the issue of identity in space in a way rarely seen, with moments of sublime beauty and a living and real city which gives the certainty of a continued existence even long after the protagonists stop appearing on the screen.
The atmosphere and rhythm of the film are also completely outstanding, with a masterful soundtrack and long moments of calm and philosophical reflections against an incredible backdrop, which are suddenly interrupted by high-quality action scenes that owe nothing to more modern films.
Ghost in the Shell is one of those rare masterpieces, which manages to be at the same time a head movie that makes the viewer think while it’s a lot of fun and action packed. Anyone who likes Japanese culture and is interested in at least a little bit of science fiction will like the film and be able to say that they saw one of the great classics of the genre!
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