Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
The sequel to the huge anime hit, Ghost in the Shell, is about to go on a limited release. Written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence was the "first anim� to ever screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival" and may be the first cyborg story to be shown at Cannes. From the looks of the movie's website and their production photos, this is going to completely outdo the first Ghost in the Shell, as well as the GITS television series.
The original film "is set in the not-too-distant future, when an unnamed government uses lifelike cyborgs or 'enhanced' humans for undercover work" [Charles Solomon via amazon]. Commingsoon.net describes this sequel as "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".
The sequel will be released in U.S. theaters on September 17, 2004 under the Go Fish Pictures banner, a division of DreamWorks Pictures. Anyone in the LA area is welcome to join us for the premiere, details will be announced in September.
Wallpapers can be downloaded from here here and here.
[Link (English GITS:Innocence Website) Link (Japanese Innocence Website). Production photos from commingsoon.net]
your story made me think about a work called "No ghost just a Shell"
"No Ghost just a Shell, a project around the virtual figure AnnLee on which 16 artists have worked. AnnLee is an "Avatar�, a virtual character originally designed for computer games. She was made in Japan for the Manga animated film industry. She was intended to be a third-rate character, one with few personality traits, designed to lead a brief life. In 1999 the French artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought the rights to her, gave her a name and initiated the project "No Ghost just a Shell�. The plan was to fill the empty "entity� AnnLee with stories and ideas, and to give her an identity and a life of her own. Huyghe and Parreno thought of a way of making animated films with her relatively cheaply and have offered AnnLee to other artists. The commission was: use AnnLee in your own work and at the same time contribute with us to her history. "