year is 2034; two years after Major Motoko Kusanagi left Public
Security Section 9, the elite counter-terrorist and anti-crime
unit specialising in cyber warfare. Section 9's latest assignment
sees the team confronted by a rash of mysterious suicides
involving operatives of the disbanded Siak Republic, many
of whom had sought asylum in Japan. They manage to track down
Ka Gae-Ru, a former Siak Colonel who has taken a hostage in
the hope of negotiating safe passage out of the country. Confronted
by Section 9, a fearful Gae-Ru issues a cryptic warning that
The Puppeteer is coming, before killing himself. Investigations
suggest that The Puppeteer is an ultra-wizard hacker who is
not only responsible for the recent spate of suicides but
is also behind a series of child abductions. But who is the
Puppeteer and what is the connection to the so-called Solid
State Society? An unexpected encounter between Batou and Major
Motoko leaves the former with his own theory, one that is
almost impossible to comprehend...
in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society
is the third feature-length film in the Ghost In The Shell
series. Written and directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost
In The Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG; Blood:
The Last Vampire) and produced by the same
creative team responsible for the hugely successful Stand
Alone Complex series.
Motoko has left Section 9, and when Batou runs into her while
on an investigation he is left uncertain as to who the Major
is now working for - is she working for a darker power? And
what does she know about the mysterious suicides and child
the plot thickens it looks more and more likely that the Major
may have all the answers to Section 9's questions - and could
she actually be the mysterious Puppeteer who is responsible
for so many deaths?
include Anime and Car Design - Redesigning the Future Car
(24 min look at how Nissan's concept cars were used in the
film); English Production Interview (10 min interviews
with English language cast and crew); Making of a Tachikoma
Robot (17 min featurette that examines the work of one
robotics company who were responsible for designing miniature
robotic versions of the Tachikoma robots); Mitsuhisa Ishikawa
(Production IG) Interview (9 mins interview); English
and Japanese trailers; Uchikoma Days (5 min animated
short in both Japanese and English); World Work File
(30 minute behind the scenes featurette); and Storyboard
(which is accessible while watching the movie).
of the features (Anime and Car Design and Making
of a Tachikoma Robot) suffer greatly as the English subtitles
are printed over the top of Japanese captions - which makes
some of the text incredibly difficult to read - otherwise,
this is a healthy collection of extras.
Ghost in the Shell movie just keeps getting better
and better. The animation is very impressive, and it's great
to see that the characters are growing with each instalment.
Fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.