GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX – SOLID STATE SOCIETY

Genre: ANIMATION / ACTION / SCI-FI / FANTASY

Release Dates: September 1, 2006 (Japanese Premiere)

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Production Company: Production I.G, Bandai Visual / Dentsu / Victor Entertainment / NTV / Tokuma Shoten

Synopsis:
A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi (Atsuko Tanaka) left Section 9. Togusa (Koichi Yamadera) is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section 9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents, and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker named the Puppeteer (term is Kugutsu Mawashi) is behind the entire series of events.

In the midst of all, Batou (Akio Otsuka), who was stalking the case on a separate track, encounters Motoko. She goes away after saying, "Stay away from the Solid State Society." Batou is left with a doubt in his mind. Could Motoko be the the Puppeteer?

The series of intriguing incidents that Section 9 faces gradually link together almost artistically. Who is the Puppeteer? What will happen to Batou’s relationship with Motoko? What is the full truth behind this carefully planned perfect crime? And what will the outcome be? Mysteries surround the Solid State Society…

Crew: Shirow Masamune (Based on his Manga); Kenji Kamiyama (Director); Kenji Kamiyama, Shotaro Suga, Yoshiki Sakurai (Screenplay); Kenji Kamiyama, Masayuki Yoshihara (Storyboard); Takayuki Goto, Tetsuya Nishio (Character Design); Yoko Kanno (Music) Production I.G (Animation Production); Ghost in the Shell Production Committee, Production I.G, Bandai Visual, Dentsu, Victor Entertainment, NTV, Tokuma Shoten (Producers)

Cast: Featuring the voices of Atsuko Tanaka as Motoko Kusanagi, Akio Otsuka as Batou, Koichi Yamadera as Togusa, Osamu Saka as Daisuke Aramaki, Yutaka Nakano as Ishikawa, Toru Okawa as Saito, Takashi Onozuka as Paz, Taro Yamaguchi as Boma

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PRODUCTION NOTES
With more than 1.5 million copies sold in Japan and 100.000 copies per volume sold in the USA, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has consolidated his place among the classics in the world of science fiction. Now, after two years from the TV series that started all, a completely new and all-original chapter is about to emerge: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society. Directed by Kenji Kamiyama and with the participation of the same staff from the popular series, this full-length 105 minute feature has required an unprecedented budget of 360 million yen (or 3.20 million dollars), in order to provide theatrical quality. The movie will premiere in Japan on the SKYPerfecTV! satellite television network on September 1st, and successively released on DVD on November 24th. Release in the US and Europe is expected in 2007.

Film Fetish trivia:
Solid State Society director Kenji Kamiyama, also co-wrote the screenplay for the live action Blood: The Last Vampire film, based on the anime hit, that is being directed by Ronny Yu (Huo Yuan Jia a.k.a. Fearless, Freddy vs. Jason). That film is due in 2007.

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