Ghost in the Shell

Mamoru Oshii
82 min

The Lexi Cinema

23 September



Adapted from the manga by Masamune Shirow, this 1995 masterpiece remains a milestone of animated cinema. Ghost in the Shell takes place in 2029, with humanity and technology intertwined to such an extent that people can transfer their consciousness into cybernetic bodies. Cyborg cop Major Motoko Kusanagi leads a special police security unit that is tasked with tracking down ‘ghost hackers’, criminals who can clandestinely tap into the bodies and minds of other people. Imagining a future in which sexual reproduction has given way to mechanical replication, Ghost in the Shell has been acclaimed for its inversion of traditional gender roles and depiction of fluid sexuality. Both a high-octane adventure and a philosophical speculation on what it means to be human, Mamoru Oshii’s film is a visionary piece of action cinema.

Mamoru Oshii

Mamoru Oshii is an acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, television director, and writer. Famous for his philosophical storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime and is credited with creating the first ever OVA (Original Video Animation). He has received, and been nominated for, numerous awards including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Additional Information

This screening is organised in partnership with the Japan Foundation, with support from Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Foundation and Japan Society.