Box art for Ghost In The Shell: The Laughing Man

Ghost In The Shell: The Laughing Man

anime & animation

A criminal known only as The Laughing Man is sweeping through top medical nanotechnology firms and committing acts of cyber-terrorism, kidnapping, extortion, and corporate espionage leaving no known suspects.

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4 stars

On par with the original movie.

- threefolddado, Monday, July 7, 2008

4 stars

Kenji Kamiyama gets the honor of directing and putting together the fantastic Japanese animation known as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man.This film is basically a compilation of all the important bits and pieces of important episodes of the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex first season. In my opinion, it is nicely put together. The story flows smoothly and despite it being just under 2 hours and 40 minutes, it never drags.What will turn people off the most, is the fact that this film is futuristic and very high tech. There is a high level of attention required to follow and understand the story. Unless this is a watch for the second or even third time, this is not a film to just sit back and relax to. With that said, the detail of the story makes it all the more engrossing. There is so much to follow, including a nice twist at the end.Visually, this animation is fantastic. There is detail for the characters as well as the surroundings and settings. The direction is superb, so it helps the film visually as well.The voice acting is wisely chosen (both in Japanese AND English dubs). Each character has a voice that match their look and personality. Props to Atsuko Tanaka for bringing Motoko Kusanagi to life.Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man is a film for fans of the series, as well as the original films. A must see.

- skactopus, Sunday, June 14, 2009