Ghost In The Shell 2 Sneak Peek at Anime Expo

DreamWorks’s Go Fish Pictures, the U.S. distributor of the much anticipated Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, will be at Anime Expo 2004 in Anaheim, Calif., this weekend to offer an exclusive first look at this sequel to one of the most popular anime features of all time.

A behind-the-scenes making-of featurette and footage from the film will screen in Video Room 1 at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel on July 3 at 4 p.m. Attendees will be among the first to see segments of the film, which will be released in the U.S. on September 17. The sneak peak will be co-presented by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA).

Made nine years after its groundbreaking predecessor, writer/director Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence was the first feature film to screen in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a solitary cyborg who desperately wants to hold on to what’s left of his humanity in a world where the worth of the human soul has nearly faded into obscurity.

Ghost in the Shell 2 is the second anime feature to be distributed under DreamWork’s new Go Fish banner. The first was Satoshi Kon’s critically acclaimed Milennium Actress, which got a limited theatrical release before landing on home video last year.

The cost to attend the three-day Anime Expo is $45. A one-day pass is available for $25, and a two-day pass can be purchased for $40. Children 12 years and under get in for $20, and kids five and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Parents are advised, however, that some anime and manga content contains adult themes. For more information, see www.anime-expo.org.