NYC Museum of Modern Art to Screen Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Film
posted on by Rai Kelly
The New York City Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will screen the film Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence as part of its "Future Imperfect: The Uncanny in Science Fiction" exhibition. The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.
The movie will screen on August 18 at 7:30 p.m. and August 19 at 4:00 p.m. in the museum's Theater 2. Tickets will go on sale for the two showings on August 4 and August 5, respectively.
The story is set in 2032, when the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Humans have forgotten that they are human, and the few who still own an organic body coexist with cyborgs (human spirits inhabiting entirely mechanized bodies) and dolls (robots with no human elements at all). Detective Batou, an agent for covert anti-terrorist unit Public Safety Section 9, is assigned the case of gynoids -hyper-realistic female robots created specifically for sexual companionship- that have apparently malfunctioned and started slaughtering their owners. In the course of the investigation, Batou and his partner Togusa take on violent Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats, and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime.
The 2004 film is a sequel to Oshii's earlier Ghost in the Shell 1995 anime film, which adapts Masamune Shirow's manga of the same name. Mamoru Oshii directed the film and Oshii wrote the screenplay. Production I.G worked on both films.
Go Fish Pictures released the film on DVD with English subtitles in 2004. Manga Entertainment released the film with an English dub on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2006. Bandai Entertainment then released the film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in 2009 with a slightly modified English dub cast from Manga Entertainment's dub.
In 2016, Funimation obtained the rights for the film and rereleased it on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is also currently streaming on the Funimation website. Funimation has also licensed other titles in the Ghost in the Shell franchise, such as the Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie film, which it debuted in November 2015.
Thanks to Rai for the news tip.