‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a Japanese science fiction manga series created by Masamune Shirow. It has been in publication since 1989, it is about a counter cyber-terrorist organisation called ‘Public Security Section 9’.
The manga series has been adapted into an animated series and several animated movie as well.
Now it has been adapted into a live action movie directed by Rupert Sanders starring Scarlett Johansson as Major Mira Killian aka Motoko Kusanagi. (source: wikipedia)
The movie is about Killian getting injured in a cyber-terrorist attack. The only way for her to survive is to have her brain transferred from her damaged body into a robot ‘shell’. She is turned into a cyborg by the corporation ‘Hanka Robotics’ and she starts working for the anti cyber-terrorist organisation Section 9.
Human beings and robots being joined together in unholy matrimony and being turned into cybernetic tools is the central theme of ‘Ghost in the Shell’.
The movie shows the cyborg Major Mira Killian and her team thwarting a terrorist attack. The terrorists retaliate and take down several ‘Hanka Robotics’ personnel.
‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a science fiction cyberpunk movie that has Scarlett Johansson in it as the lead character. Scarlett Johansson has a very good standing with fans of science fiction and fantasy because she plays the role of ‘Natasha Romanoff’ aka ‘Back Widow’ in the Avengers and Captain America movies.
Other cast members include Takeshi Kitano playing ‘Chief Daisuke Aramaki’, Juliette Binoche playing ‘Dr. Ouelet’, Pilou Asbaek playing ‘Batou’, Chin Han playing ‘Togusa’ and Michael Pitt playing ‘Kuze’.
According to The Guardian, cyberpunk has become very popular over the last few decades. ‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a very good example of a cyberpunk movie that falls in the same sub-genre as ‘The Blade Runner’.