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Ghost in the shell - a movie by Masamune Shirow

The movies plot is about a female cyborg and officer of the secret service (named Motoko Kusanagi) in a ficticious society and his hunt for a mysterious computer-hacker, called the Puppet Master. This movie has influenced the Genre of SF not only for the world of animé, but also for SF in general. The most popular example for this fact might be the Matrix-Trilogy created by the Wachowski-Brothers. They who distinctly said, that they are followers of Masamune Shirow, and that they took a number of elements out of Ghost in the Shell.

In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who - like many in her department - is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest.

And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? What, exactly, is the "ghost" - her essence - in her cybernetic "shell"? When Section Six gets involved in the case, she is forced to confront the fact that there is more here than meets the eye, and that the Puppet Master may hold some of the answers she seeks. But little does she know that he has been seeking her as well …

According to this outline, the two music-tracks I composed out of this are dealing with cyborgs and the special question connected to that special lifeform: What makes us be human?

The only thing I can show to the visitiors of my website is the CD-Cover, I intended to put on that release. (Which now is never to come.) Ghost in the Shell is called to be a kind of „magnum opus“ in this genre, and from appearance and content it is very closely related to Bladerunner and the Isaac-Asimov-Story I, Robot.

 
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