Ghost in the Shell (Kokaku Kidotai)

  • Dir: Oshii Mamoru

  • Japan, 1995, Japanese, 83 min, DCP

One of the most influential Japanese anime of all time, Oshii Mamoru’s groundbreaking vision of a futuristic Hong Kong has spawned a vast franchise of films, manga and TV series that continues to this day. The films iconic heroine – naked cyborg super soldier Major Kusanagi – wrestles with her own ambiguous identity while on the trail of an elusive hacker known as The Puppetmaster. Her mission explores the escalating synergy between humanity and technology, while questioning the very essence of sentient existence. Featuring an intoxicating score from Kawai Kenji and some of the most accomplished hand drawn animation ever rendered, Ghost in the Shell is a crowning example of cyberpunk sci-fi, and 20 years on endures as one of cinema’s most prophetic visions of the future.

3/11 (SUN): Film talk with Keeto Lam

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. For screenings at ALL commercial cinemas, tickets are available at URBTIX till 5:00pm one day before respective screenings. After that, tickets will be available only at the box office of the screening venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

3. Screenings at HK Arts Centre, HK Film Archive and Tai Kwun: For screenings that are about to start in 1 hour, all remaining tickets can only be bought at the box offices of the respective screening venues.

4. For the sold-out screenings at HK Arts Centre and HK Film Archive, a limited number of standing tickets are available at the URBTIX Outlets of the respective venues 30 minutes prior to the screening time. Seating is not guaranteed and subject to availability 30 minutes after the screening time. Each person can purchase 1 standing ticket. The availability of standing tickets is subject to change without prior notice.

5. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till 1 hour prior to the respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

6. While it is the HKIFFS’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, the HKIFFS will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.