Theatrical Screenings for Ghost in the Shell 4K Remaster Announced

A 4K remastered version of 1995’s Ghost in the Shell is set to be screened in IMAX and regular theatres from September 17 and October 1 respectively in Japan. There will also be a simultaneous release for the IMAX version in the United States.

The cyberpunk anime film previously received an updated release titled Ghost in the Shell 2.0 in 2008 and a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release in September 2020. 

Directed by Mamoru Oshii (Urusei Yatsura: Only You, Patlabor: The Movie, VLAD LOVE) and produced by Production I.G, Ghost in the Shell was the first of many anime to be loosely based on the manga by Masamune Shirow. An Oshii-directed sequel film titled Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence was released in 2004.

Blu-ray.com describes Ghost in the Shell as:

Set in the year 2029 and following World Wars III and IV, a Japanese-led Asian block dominates world affairs. The alliance maintains its international supremacy through its elite security force whose cybernetically enhanced operatives tackle an array of hi-tech terrorists and other threats to international security. These augmented agents can “ghost hack” (i.e., download their consciousness) via the now omnipresent internet into other machines and human/machine cross breeds. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cybernetically augmented female agent, has been tracking a virtual entity known as the Puppet Master with her crack squad of security agents. The shape-shifting Puppet Master, a rogue creation of a rival agency of the security apparatus, has concluded that it is a life form in its own right, “born in sea of information,” and requested political asylum and true physical existence in defiance of its creators.

The next Ghost in the Shell film that is set to release is the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 movie, which takes place within the continuity of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series instead of Oshii’s films. It has been described as a compilation of 2020’s Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 with new scenes included, and will release sometime in 2021.


Source: BANDAI NAMCO Arts YouTube channel, V-STORAGE website

After several years of writing for video game sites in his home country, Melvyn currently dedicates his focus to writing news articles and the occasional review for Anime Trending. He spends a chunk of his free time self-learning Japanese through manga, light novels, and the internet.
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