Saturday, July 22, 2006

I am a lazy blogger

Whoa. Way behind on my blogs. Will be catching up this weekend.

Mamoru Oshii's Ghost In The Shell 2 : Innocence finally made it to NZ shores in a special 2 DVD edition with an English dub. Breathtaking visuals with a heady mix of 3D backgrounds and 2d cel shaded animation; lots of neon and rain and retro looking cars in Japan 2032, in parts very similar to Ridley Scott's Bladerunner.

Plotwise Ok though bogged down at times with some serious navel gazing and philosophical musings - characters quoting Descartes and Milton and the Holy Scriptures - which had me scratchin ye olde noggin.

But still worth repeat viewing. I particularly enjoy the gun battles between our two cops and the Yakuza (akin to a John Woo flick) and again when Batou was remotely hacked in a grocery store and his vision and hearing got seriously messed up. And dig the the jaw dropping imagery of Tokyo especially the street festival - which it is said took Mr Oshii's men a year to do.

Yup, leave it to the Japanese to get anal over these things. But damn if Ghost in the Shell 2 : Innocence isn't one big visual wankfest.


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