Ghost in the Shell

Trivia: The original voice actors from the 1995 Japanese anime film and its sequel provided the dubs for their characters for the Japanese release.

Trivia: Before the film's release, there was some minor controversy in Western nations regarding American actress Scarlett Johansson being cast to play the lead role, as some viewed it as "whitewashing" given the series roots in Japan. Ironically, most Japanese audiences supported her casting, and even Mamoru Oshii, who directed the cult-classic original 1995 anime version of the story, spoke out in support of the film and stated that he thought the controversy made no sense and that Johannson was perfectly cast.

Trivia: While the story is primarily lifted from the 1995 anime film of the same name, several elements of the movie were also taken from its 2004 sequel, "Ghost in the Shell: Innocence." Most noticeably, the robotic geisha are lifted directly from that movie.


Trivia: The test screening of Ghost of the Shell was the complete version of the film with the elements not seen in the released cut such as: Young Motoko reaching towards Kuze as he is doing origami before their transformations; Aramaki changing to his suit before the hotel intrusion; more hotel action as bodyguards are killed and robots spill more white blood; more interactions between members of Section 9 during the hologram scene; more interaction between Motoko and the hooker Geishas spying on Motoko; Kuze on fire; Motoko investigates the so called terrorist attack; Kuze discussing his mission to his group in his network; Motoko visiting Monks to find her way to the truth; during the raid in which Motoko and Kuze are taken, there is confrontation between a rookie cop and Section 6 which is straightened out; more scenes underwater; a longer raid scene on Kuze's lair; Aramaki kills guards protecting Cutter.

Trivia: The first movie cut version of the score for Ghost In The Shell was done by Clint Mansell, Kevin Riepl and Kiner, and Lorn. However due to test screenings, the majority of the work was dropped due to the audiences negative reaction towards the scenes with philosophical elements and the ending of the film. Thus Lorne Balfe was ask to do the replacement score for the new cut of the movie and the movie score soundtrack by Clint Mansell was canned. Yet in both versions, Kevin Kiner's music was stilled used. However, for legal reasons, the complete score for the film will never be released. Despite that, Lorne Balfe's music work was released of late December 2017 through Facebook by wav download link.

Trivia: Major's skin-tight bodysuit was a major hurdle during production. It took Weta workshop several months of work before they perfected the design and method of production. It was sculpted to perfectly fit Scarlett Johansson's body based on digital full-body scans. When it was produced, it was made out of silicone and purposely made slightly smaller so it would hug her body like a second skin.


Trivia: Batou is played by Pilou Asbæk. Asbæk had previously worked with Scarlett Johansson on the film "Lucy," playing the titular character's ill-fated boyfriend Richard.


The Major: You are not defined by your past, but for your actions.

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Question: This movie is one of a few I've seen to display the title twice during the opening credits. It appears in a plain font at the start of the credits, then appears in a more stylized font at the end of the credits. Why do some movies do this? It seems a little redundant.


Answer: A lot of movies will put a title card at the end of the film before the credits. It's usually to cap off the movie so that it's the last thing you see or think about when you leave (especially back in the day when you didn't sit around to watch for an extra scene). They want it to be redundant so you don't forget (repetition is the key to learning). Most movies (if not all) also have the movie's name at the very end of all the credits too. But I assume for copyright or other legal reasons, the same way a book publisher might print the book's title on every page of the book.


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