Copyright: © 1995, 1996 Masamune Shirow / Kodansha Ltd. / Bandai Visual Co., Ltd. / Manga Entertainment Inc.
Based on a story by Masamune Shirow. Directed by Oshi Mamoru.
Recommended for Mature Audiences - Some very graphic violence, and disturbing scenes of bodies being torn apart by both explosive slugs, and on their own volition. Nudity is abundant, but is very casual and matter-of-fact -- not in a sexual context. Definitely not for children.
In the not-so-distant future, cybernetics and vast computer networks are commonplace. Wars are now fought not only physically, but also on a virtual level, crippling entire nations from within. Newport City's elite security force - Section 9 - is assigned to combat crimes outside of regular channels.
Major Kusanagi Motoko is a member of this elite force, investigating the illegal export of an expert programmer -- a programmer whose skills might be used to derail sensitive diplomatic talks with the Gavel Republic. But Kusanagi discovers that this is merely the beginning of a major coverup instigated by Section 6, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The MFA has its own problem, a problem that's gotten out of hand. A master computer criminal is on the loose, hacking into the very souls of various people, programming his victims to do his bidding... a master criminal known only by his alias: 'The Puppet Master'.
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