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Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊 GHOST IN THE SHELL Kōkaku Kidōtai Gōsuto In Za Sheru) is a 1995 science fiction anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii and based on the original manga by Masamune Shirow. It was released in Japan on November 18, 1995.

Ghost in the Shell was one of the first films by Mamoru Oshii to arrive in North America.


Set in the year 2029 in the Chinese district of Hong Kong (invaded by Japanese culture), the film's plot follows the hunt by the public-security agency Section 9 for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. With the assistance of her team, Motoko Kusanagi tracks and finds their suspect, only to be drawn into a complex sequence of political intrigue and a cover-up as to the identity and goals of the Puppet Master. The overarching philosophical themes of the film include self-identity in a technologically advanced world.


Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
GITS1995-MotokoKusanagi.png Motoko Kusanagi Atsuko Tanaka Mimi Woods
GITS1995-MotokoKusanagiFinal.png Maaya Sakamoto
GITS1995-Batou.png Batou Akio Ōtsuka Richard Epcar
GITS1995-DaisukeAramaki.png Daisuke Aramaki Tamio Ōki William Frederick Knight
GITS1995-Project2501.png Project 2501 / Puppet Master Iemasa Kayumi Tom Wyner
GITS1995-Togusa.png Togusa Kōichi Yamadera Christopher Joyce
GITS1995-Ishikawa.png Ishikawa Yutaka Nakano Michael Sorich
GITS1995-GarbagemanA.png Garbage Collector A Kazuhiro Yamaji Kevin Seymour
GITS1995-GarbagemanB.png Garbage Collector B Shigeru Chiba Doug Stone
GITS1995-Nakamura.png Chief Nakamura Tesshō Genda Simon Prescott
GITS1995-CyberneticDoctor.png Section 9 Cyberneticist Sanryo Odaka Steve Bulen
GITS1995-Diplomat.png Diplomat Shinji Ogawa Stephen Davis
GITS1995-OldMan.png Old Man Ginzō Matsuo Michael Forest
GITS1995-MizuhoDaita.png Mizuho Daita Mitsuru Miyamoto Richard Cansino
GITS1995-TsuanGenFang.png Tsuan Gen Fang Takashi Matsuyama John Snyder
Operator Atsuko Hayashida Dorothy Elias-Fahn
Dr. Willis Masakazu Namiki Phil Williams
Coroner Hiroshi Yanaka Steve Bulen
Crass Truck Driver Masamichi Sato Joe Romersa
Foreign Minister Masato Yamanochi Mike Reynolds
Sniper Team Leader Toshiki Kameyama John Snyder

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  • The pseudonymous names used in the end credits are the same as used in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, but largely have no correspondence with the actors between the two productions. For example, "Hank Smith" is assigned to Mike Reynolds here, whereas the name was attributed in Street Fighter to Skip Stellrecht. This has caused much confusion over the years. Similarly, the names "Phil Williams" and "Steve Davis" were the names used by Bryan Cranston and Richard Cansino, respectively, in Street Fighter, here they're assigned to two unknown voice actors.
  • On the 2014 Blu-Ray release, the English dub has many missing sound effects and, at times, inaudible dialogue. Combined with the poor translations and lack of special features, this release has been met with much criticism.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Region Country
Manga Entertainment 1996 VHS.jpg NTSC United States United States
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Manga Entertainment 2005
Manga Entertainment* 2009 BD A
Anchor Bay Entertainment 2014
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*Features the 2008 version of the film (with updated CGI animations) and redubbed Japanese audio.

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