Ghost in the Shell
If you are fan of anime and manga or a “geek” and do not know about the release of one of the most anticipated movies of the year I’ll have to ask you, “What world did you come from?”
“Ghost in the Shell” (international title) or “Kōkaku Kidōtai” (Japanese title) has been released in the United States on March 31st, 2017, and here in Japan a special premiere was held in Shinjuku on March 16th, however the film itself will only be available to the larger public on April 7th.
“Ghost in the Shell” is a 1989 manga that became a movie in 1995. It has been considered a cyberpunk classic within Japanese pop culture that has inspired thousands of films and movie genres, including the Blockbuster worldwide success “The Matrix”.
The anime takes place at 2029 in a futuristic Japan and tells the story of Major Motoko Kusanagi, an agent who investigates a hacker capable of invading people’s minds and stealing international espionage information. However, the Major isn’t a regular woman: she had most of her body replaced by robotic parts, to the point of leaning more towards being a cyborg than a human.
“But, is this movie just for anime and manga fans?” Of course not!
The producers of the film carefully thought through on how to bring a sci-fi action classic to an audience that knows nothing about the manga or the anime, of course not forgetting about the old-school fans who are already so familiar with the acclaimed story.
So there you have it! Write it down, “Ghost in the Shell” comes out in Japanese theaters on April 7th for 2D, 3D, 4D and IMAX rooms.