Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Beautiful Darkness: Analysis of Ghost in the Shell 2 [VIDEO ESSAY]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (攻殻機動隊 イノセンス)

Director: Mamoru Oshii

Country: Japan

Year: 2004

A sequel worthy of the same praise as its original, Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is understandably a tough nut to crack. Taking a close read of the film as a treatise on grief, and thus as utterly a sequel, identity built on the first movie’s themes of identity, the viewer can see through its puzzling veneer and experience a somber, beautiful, and surprisingly moving film.

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Harrison Chute

Born in South Korea and raised in the US, Harrison Chute recently completed the existential journey endemic to all such twinkies, and is now open to experiences and cinema the world over. Anime enthusiasm was a consequence of science-fiction fandom, China has its martial arts, and now, there’s a special interest in Korean film. Maybe he’ll find some answers there.