Janus of Life

Higher life in hand


Posted by Janus on August 30, 2006


  • Information:
  • Title (Innocence or Ghost in the shell 2)
  • Certificate (15)
  • DVD Releaser (Manga Entertainment)
  • Run Time (96 minutes)
  • Language (Japanese)
  • Vintage (2004)

It is the year 2032 and earth is a world where the few remaining humans coexist with artificial replicants, cyborgs and robots. Batou, a cyborg detective and his partner Togusa are charged with investigating the bizarre case of a malfunctioning gynoid that has murdered its owner: As they delve deeper into the investigation, they are forced to confront violent Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, influential government bureaucrats and powerful corporate criminals. (Plot courtesy of Manga Entertainments DVD release plus some minor changes)

Based on Shirow Masamune’s manga “ghost in the shell”, Innocence is Written and directed by Japanese film Legend Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the shell, Patlabor: the movie) and stars Akio Ôtsuka and Kôichi Yamadera as Batou and Togusa respectively.

Innocence is the only animated film ever to be nominated for the Palme d’Or at the famous Cannes film festival. It won the orient express award at the Catalonian International film festival and was nominated for the best film award at the same event, in all Innocence was nominated for eight awards at various international festivals and award ceremonies but only won one of those awards. Unlucky if you ask me not to have won more of those awards.

I never really thought that the first ghost in the shell film was a big winner, in my eye’s it just didn’t have what was needed to make an incredible film that catches the mind, but Innocence is different. From the moment I saw it I realised that Mamoru Oshii had the kind of Talent needed to make a film impressive and I’ve been a few ever since. Innocence manages to appeal to people’s sense of style and their intelligent side rather then the primitive blood lust aspect of human culture. Visually I doubt you can find an animated film or even live-action film that can match Innocence for it’s magical carnival scene which in my opinion is simply unbelievable, even the music suit’s the scene and plays to absorb you into Oshii’s world of variable pace.

The Story itself is not necessary to enjoy this film; the visual and the psychological aspect of Innocence suck you in. But since a review need an opinion on the storyline I must say that it’s pants, the storyline isn’t all that good and in places doesn’t help the film, but as I said this film never needed a story to be a great watch so moving swiftly along we get to the philosophy. I know it is not easy for people to pay attention and understand the philosophical side of this film but I happen to think it important to get a feel for the philosophy of any film and especially one in which the philosophy takes such an important role.

Innocence in my eye is the most consuming and emotional film I’ve seen in my life and is the only film I have ever thought to be perfect in design, creation and execution meaning it is the only film thus far in existence which will receive a rating from me of (10/10).




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