“My codename is Project 2501, and I am a life form that was born in a sea of information.” In the year 2029, the world looks like a hybridization of Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, yielding to entropy and technocracy. Cyborg Major Kusanagi, a perfect specimen of human-brained computer engineering is on the case to track and destroy an omnipotent entity known as The Puppet Master—a hacker? a virus?— who threatens world order. Her journey is equally physical and existential, and shaped seamlessly by Mamoru Oshii’s animation, combining traditional hand-drawn cells and computer generated graphics. As resonant now as ever, the haunting, awe-inspring original Ghost in the Shell is Oshii’s magnum opus; the groundbreaking anime gets a revival run at Metrograph one week before the release of the new live action film.
In Japanese with English subtitles
DIRECTOR: MAMORU OSHII
CAST: ATSUKO TANAKA, AKIO ÔTSUKA, KÔICHI YAMADERA, YUTAKA NAKANO
Ghost In The Shell is screening as part of the series: The Singularity