Anime Expo: Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Featurette



Largest Japanese Animation Convention in the U.S. Kicks off Friday, July 2 at Anaheim Convention Center

Anaheim, California (June 29, 2004)— The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) and Go Fish Pictures proudly announce the exclusive screening of a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, plus an exclusive first-look at the film's trailer only at Anime Expo 2004 (AX2004). The featurette and preview trailer will be screened on Saturday, July 3 at 4:00 pm in Video Room 1 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel.

The featurette will be immediately followed by a screening of the first two episodes of the GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX TV series. Seating will be first come, first served.

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AX2004, taking place July 2-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center, is the largest anime convention in the United States devoted to Japanese animation and manga (comic books). More than 20,000 anime fans and industry professionals are expected to attend this year's convention.

After nine years, acclaimed writer/director Mamoru Oshii follows up his cult hit “Ghost in the Shell”— one of the biggest animé achievements of all time—with the long-awaited sequel GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE. The first animé feature film to ever screen in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2004.

It is the year 2032 and the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Humans have forgotten that they are human and those that are left coexist with cyborgs (human spirits inhabiting entirely mechanized bodies) and dolls (robots with no human elements at all).

Batou is a cyborg. His body is artificial: the only remnants left of his humanity are traces of his brain…and the memories of a woman called The Major.

A detective for the government's covert anti-terrorist unit, Public Security Section 9, Batou is investigating the case of a gynoid—a hyper-realistic female robot created specifically for sexual companionship—who malfunctions and slaughters her owner. As Batou delves deeper into the investigation, questions arise about humanity's need to immortalize its image in dolls. The answers to those questions lead to the shocking truth behind the crime…and quite possibly the very meaning of life.

GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE is the story of a solitary cyborg who desperately wants to hold on to what's left of his humanity in a world where the worth of the human soul is fading almost into obscurity.

Mamoru Oshii again wrote and directed GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE, which is the second animé feature to be released under the Go Fish Pictures banner, a division of DreamWorks Pictures.

AX2004 serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the animation and comics industry by serving as a key meeting place for members of the industry to conduct business.

Sponsors include Viz Comics, Animerica, ADV Films, Geneon, Tofu Records, Newtype USA and Anime Network. Sponsor hotels include Anaheim Hilton, Anaheim Marriott, and Anaheim Coast Hotels.

The cost to attend the three-day expo is $50; One Day Pass: $25; Two Day Pass: $40; Children: $20 (12 years and under; 5 and under free if accompanied by member). Parental advisory: Some anime and manga content contains adult themes.

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans.

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