My questions in bold, Erik’s answers below!
1) Do you remember when you first saw the movie?
It must have been 10-11 years ago when I was around 18. As a kid I was really into Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon so as soon as I got internet at home I went online and did some research on the genre. Ghost in the Shell was (and still is) one of the most recommended anime alongside Akira, Ninja Scroll and the well-known Ghibli films so I got a copy as soon as I could and watched it. It was a life changing experience, totally blew me away. Back then I didn’t know stuff like that existed, it was something I had never seen before.
2) Why do you think that it’s recommendable? What do you like about it?
If you are into cyberpunk and sic-fi it is definitely a must!
First it looks like just a cool sic-fi with a great story, plenty of breathtaking action, robots and cool gadgets however it is actually much more than that.
It is also seeking answers for philosophical questions like what makes us human or what is the connection between body and consciousness. I can guarantee that this film will keep your mind busy even long after the movie is over.
I suppose it is needless to say that the animation is absolutely stunning, even after all theses years I am still amazed by it and the soundtrack is excellent, works perfectly well with the film.
3) Is the movie underappreciated, do you think? Or does pop culture have it fairly rated?
I think it is a well-known and very much liked anime. It has received excellent reviews everywhere and if you do some research on Google you can see that it is noted as one of the most influential and best anime ever made. Obviously, as we are talking about anime here, there are still many people who haven’t seen it but most of them have heard about it one way or another (mainly because of The Matrix).
It has been shown on TV plenty of times in many countries and also a long running TV series, a few standalone films and a sequel have been made so yes, in my opinion, it has received the recognition it deserves in the last 18 years.
4) Is there any particular reason you thought I should watch it, or were you just surprised I hadn’t seen it?
The main reason is obviously the fact that even though it was made 18 years ago it is still one of the best anime ever made. It is a perfect example to show how much the Japanese are ahead of the rest of the world. It simply mops the floor with most of the sic-fi films Hollywood has done so far.
I also thought you might want to see the film that inspired The Matrix visually and philosophically as well. I am not saying the Matrix is a rip-off BUT the resemblance is significant. If you like the film you should definitely check out the manga it is based on as well.
5) Have you written about the movie yourself? (Insert plug here! LOL)
No I haven’t, my blog focuses on the latest releases. If it didn’t I’d definitely review it!! :)
Thanks Erik! My Review is below!
“Ghost in the Shell” takes place in a sci-fi future where technology has discovered a way to augment or repair the human body, including the brain, with cybernetics. This enables mechanized humans to connect neurally into cyberspace. Unfortunately, it also leaves them vulnerable to hacking.
In the fictional city of Niihama, Japan, a security bureau called “Section 9” uses cybernetic operatives to track a hacker codenamed “The Puppet Master”, who has hacked into the mind of a high level government official’s translator – a crime that threatens national security and international relations. However, chasing the Puppet Master has unexpected consequences for cyborg operative Motoko Kusanagi. What she will learn of the hacker’s origins and motivations will have a profound effect on her. Once she tracks him down, her life will never be the same.
“Ghost in the Shell” is a gorgeously animated film. It’s highly detailed and colored with a washed out sort of scheme that really makes the entire film fascinating to watch. The story is dense. Not in what happens, per se, but in the world-building it does. The film establishes the local bureaucracy, the characters, the cybernetic rules, the situation with the Puppet Master, it just felt as if the characters were almost constantly explaining things, especially early on.
Normally I would knock a film much more for that, but “Ghost in the Shell” is telling a pretty fascinating tale, and exploring some themes that mankind will have to face in the very near future. The line between man and machine has nearly vanished in this film. It raises questions about augmentation, what it means to be human, and what kind of souls AI beings possess. As a story of action and espionage plays out, we’re simultaneously treated to a film that examines “I think, therefore I am” in-depth.
Between the incredible animation and the weighty sci-fi material, I found “Ghost in the Shell” to be an enjoyable, thought-provoking watch!