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Trailer: Ghost in the Shell 2 – 20th anniversary re-release

Director Mamoru Oshii’s anime masterpiece, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, returns to theatres for three nights in celebration of its 20th anniversary. The sequel to Ghost in the Shell will be screened in a new 4K restoration on June 23, 24 & 25. Engagements in the Los Angeles area include Regal North Hollywood, Universal Cinema Citywalk, Regal Sherman Oaks Galleria, AMC Burbank 16, AMC Century City 15, and many others.

Set in 2032, the story further explores the blurring distinction between humanity and A.I. in a world where humans have enhanced not only physically but also mentally, raising the question: what remains of the original identity?

Read more from the press release:

A string of murders perpetrated by a prototype android model has drawn the attention of Public Security Section 9, a unit specializing in counter cyber-terrorism. With none of the victims’ families pressing charges, suspicions arise regarding the nature of the androids and their production company. In the course of the investigation, the almost entirely cyber-bodied agent Batou, and his still human partner Togusa embark on a journey through a technological dystopia, taking on ferocious Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats, and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime.

Acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii pushes further into the world and concepts first developed in his groundbreaking film Ghost in the Shell, considered one of the most important and iconic anime films ever made. With its thought-provoking speculations on artificial intelligence, which have only become more relevant in our present world…

Read our review, written when the film came out in 2004…


Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.