Ghost In the Shell 2 Haunts Theaters

DreamWorks’ Go Fish label today releases director Mamoru Oshii’s anime sequel Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence in about 60 theaters across the U.S. The follow-up comes nine years after Oshii’s original Ghost in the Shell burst onto the scene to become one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed anime features of all time.

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence is set in the year 2032, when the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond recognition and certain prototype robots have begun killing their owners. Taking up the case is Section 9, an elite group of government operatives that includes a loner named Batou, whose former partner was the focus of the first Ghost in the Shell feature.

Oshii recently participated in a Q&A session on the film’s official message board. His answers to fan questions have been posted at http://www.ghost2.com/board/showthread.php?t=75.

Innocence was the first anime film to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It also screened recently at the Toronto Film Festival. DreamWorks’ Go Fish Pictures launched last year with the release of Satoshi Kon’s anime masterpiece, Millennium Actress.

For more information on Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence and to find a theater near you, go to http://www.gofishpictures.com/GITS2/.