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Seen on: 04/29/2019

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man (2005)

Directed by Kenji Kamiyama

Science Fiction | Mystery | Animation

Most recently watched by sleestakk


The year is 2030 and six years have passed since a criminal known only as “The Laughing Man” swept through top medical nanotechnology firms committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, and espionage leaving no known suspects. New information is revealed, as Section 9 enters the hunt for a suspect capable of unfathomable actions in this compilation of Stand Alone Complex content.

Rated PG | Length 160 minutes


Maaya Sakamoto | Toru Okawa | Miyu Irino | Kouichi Yamadera | Jouji Nakata | Atsuko Tanaka | Akio Otsuka | Minami Takayama | Ai Orikasa | Osamu Saka | Yutaka Nakano | Takashi Onozuka | Taro Yamaguchi | Sakiko Tamagawa | Ken Narita | Ross Douglas

Viewing Notes

This is 2.5+ hours?! O.o

So initially I thought this was the Stand Alone Complex tv series condensed into a movie (because it’s 160minutes long!). I was sorta right. The director Kenji Kamiyama took the elements of The Laughing Man plot (I haven’t seen the series so I’m guessing there was a lot more other plots happening) then re-edited that and added more ADR to smooth out the story for this feature film.

That said, this is very complex to the point I was lost trying to follow what exactly was happening. I get the cyber-terrorism and mind control stuff but to what end was where it lost me. Wondering if viewing the series (season 1) would help. Other than that, I did really enjoy how all these characters in Section 9 are against each and the Major has to solve the mystery.

I watched the 30 minute interview w/Kenji Kamiyama by lead voice actress Atsuko Tanaka and it was mostly about production and behind the scenes. They had clips of the actors doing their voice work in the studio but none of Atsuko Tanaka, the freakin’ star of the movie!! Ugh that was disappointing but it was neat to get the details how it all came together.


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