The action in Pulse takes place among a small, interconnected group of college-age youths in a Tokyo that already seems vacant before people start disappearing. When one of them goes incommunicado for a week, his friends don't think too much of it, assuming that he's lost himself on a computer project for school. It turns out they're right, but how lost is another matter: When Michi Kumiko Aso goes looking for the missing young man in his apartment, she finds him dazed and a little off; the minute she turns her head to look for an important computer disc, he quietly walks into the other room with a coil of rope and hangs himself.
Like many moments to come in Pulse , it's disturbing in large part because it's totally inexplicable. What got into this guy, anyway? And what's with that black, splotchy stain he leaves on the bedroom wall? An answer—or least a suggestion of an answer—comes when the dead man's friends take a look at the disc and find an eerie shot of his apartment, which resembles a static webcam image, save for a persistent flicker or pulse, if you will.
On his computer monitor is the same image reflected ad infinitum, and his friends can see his figure standing frozen in place, off to the side. Meanwhile, somewhere else in the city, an amiable Luddite named Kawashima logs onto the Internet for the first time—"Welcome To The Internet," his screen reads, brightly—but the first image on his browser is a similarly spectral array of webcams and entranced figures, with a message reading, "Would you like to meet a ghost? The first big shock comes when another student goes back to the victim's apartment to do some snooping. He finds a piece of paper that mentions "The Forbidden Room," which for the sake of this movie is a cordoned-off space where shit goes down.
What happens in that place is arguably the signature sequence in all of J-horror, and one that had my petrified psyche doing its best impersonation of Lou Costello in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. Just about every one of the Americanized J-horror movies has a sequence like that, and precisely none of them have gotten it right. Kurosawa doesn't go for heavy shock effects on the soundtrack, and he allows none of those generic screeching noises that pop off whenever a would-be victim gets a fake scare before the real one.
This is happening a lot with bathroom mirrors lately. Please make it stop. Director: Rupert Sanders. From metacritic. Pogledano Already Watched. Share this Rating Title: Ghost in the Shell 6. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. More About 'Ghost in the Shell' Take a look back at Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson 's career in photos and check out some of our favorite cinematic cyborgs. Scarlett Johansson Through the Years. Better, Stronger, Faster: Cinematic Cyborgs.
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Action Adventure Fantasy. Ghost in the Shell Animation Action Crime. Atomic Blonde Action Mystery Thriller. Assassin's Creed Action Adventure Sci-Fi. Passengers I Drama Romance Sci-Fi. Warcraft: The Beginning Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Scarlett Johansson Batou Takeshi Kitano Ouelet Michael Pitt Togusa Danusia Samal Ladriya Lasarus Ratuere Ishikawa Yutaka Izumihara Saito Tawanda Manyimo Borma Peter Ferdinando Cutter Anamaria Marinca Dahlin Daniel Henshall Skinny Man Mana Hira Davis Edit Storyline In the near future, Major Mira Killian Scarlett Johansson is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible terrorist attack, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Taglines: They did not save your life. They stole it. Language: English Japanese. While they interrogate the worker, Kuze speaks through him before compelling him to commit suicide. Togusa traces the hack to a secret location, where the team discovers a large number of humans mentally linked as a makeshift signal network. Killian is captured and Kuze reveals that he is a failed Hanka test subject from the same project that created Killian.
He urges her to question her own memories, then frees her and escapes. Killian confronts Ouelet, who admits that 98 test subjects died before Killian, and that her memories are implanted. Cutter has decided that Killian is a liability and orders Ouelet to kill her after she returns to Hanka Robotics. Instead, Ouelet gives Killian an address and helps her escape. Cutter kills Ouelet, but blames Killian, saying that she has gone rogue. He informs Aramaki and the team that Killian must be terminated.
Killian follows the address to an apartment occupied by a widowed mother, who reveals that her daughter, Motoko Kusanagi , ran away from home a year ago and was arrested. Motoko took her own life while in custody. Killian leaves and contacts Aramaki, who allows Cutter to remotely eavesdrop on their conversation. Batou, Togusa, and Aramaki eliminate Cutter's men trying to ambush them, while Killian follows her memories to the hideaway where Motoko was last seen.
There, she and Kuze meet and recall their past lives as anti-augmentation radicals who were abducted by Hanka as test subjects. Cutter deploys a "spider-tank" to kill them. Kuze nearly dies before Killian is able to tear off the tank's motor, losing an arm in the process. Mortally wounded, Kuze offers to merge his "ghost" with Killian's, but Killian refuses. Kuze fades out, then a Hanka sniper kills him. Batou and the team rescue Killian, while Aramaki executes Cutter with Killian's consent.
The next day, Killian, now repaired and embracing her true identity as the Japanese Motoko, reconnects with her mother and returns to work with Section 9.
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In , DreamWorks who had handled U. Avi Arad and Steven Paul were later confirmed as producers, with Jamie Moss set to write the screenplay. I think I was second or third in the mix, and I know there have been at least six or seven writers. On September 3, , Margot Robbie was reported as being in early talks for the lead role.
Principal photography on the film began on location in Wellington , New Zealand , on February 1, Deadline Hollywood attributed the poor opening to below-average critical reviews, an unclear marketing campaign, and no social media presence by Johansson. Kyle Davies, domestic distribution chief for Paramount, felt the controversy around the casting had damaged reviews, and said: " That's challenging, but clearly the reviews didn't help.
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The website's critical consensus reads, " Ghost in the Shell boasts cool visuals and a compelling central performance from Scarlett Johansson, but the end result lacks the magic of the movie's classic source material. Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times praised the film's visuals and production, saying: "Some of that ravishment arrives courtesy of the movie's setting, a stunning pan-Asian metropolis that makes boldly inventive use of the Hong Kong skyline, its tightly stacked buildings tricked out with enormous holographic billboards.
The cinematography and production design, both staggering, are by Jess Hall and Jan Roelfs, respectively. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2. Cecilia D'Anastasio of Kotaku commented on the film's failure to adhere to the source material, saying: "Somebody misjudged how poorly American superhero movie tropes would map onto Ghost in the Shell ," and that "[the] final scene tried to do that 'satisfying our need for closure' thing American directors think is kind, but is actually condescending.
Nicholas Barber of the BBC described the film as "conceptually and visually breathtaking", an elaborately designed and detailed dystopia which seems disturbingly real. Peter Suderman of Vox and Emily Yoshida of Vulture criticized the removal of philosophical ideas from the story, feeling the movie westernized the story and changed the search for the idea of a soul to finding individuality and memories. James Hadfield of the Japan Times argued that the film missed the mark, but was better than Hollywood's previous attempts at adapting anime for the big screen.
The film has a 3. Most of that's been downright ignored with its big-screen adaptation, and Scarlett Johansson's casting as the dark-haired, obviously originally Asian lead sent netizens into a rage. In Japan, some fans were surprised that the casting had caused controversy, as they had already assumed that a Hollywood production would choose a white actress. They felt the appearance of the protagonist was immaterial due to the franchise's themes of self-identity and the blurring of artificial and natural bodies. Hence, many Japanese Americans may find Johansson's casting in a Ghost in the Shell movie distressing, while native Japanese observers make nothing of it.
Paramount released a featurette of Mamoru Oshii , director of the anime films, visiting the studio, in which he says that Johansson exceeded his expectations for the role.
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I stand by my decision—she's the best actress of her generation. Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodansha's Tokyo headquarters, which holds the rights to the Ghost in the Shell series, said: "Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well cast. She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.
Also, having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity. Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that—the weight of such a big property on my shoulders. The film attracted further criticism for its ending, which reveals that Johansson's character was originally a Japanese girl.
Another Japanese-American actress, Atsuko Okatsuka, said: "Hanka Robotics [the corporation in the film] is making a being that's the best of human and the best of robotics.
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