Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex - The Laughing Man (2005) Japan
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Director:Kenji Kamiyama
Studio:Manga Video
Rating:4.0 (2 votes)
Date Added:2007-11-14
Genre:Anime & Manga
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Kenji Kamiyama  ...  (Director)
  ...  (Writer)
Ghost in the Shell  ...  
Alison Matthews  ...  Major Motoko Kusanagi (voice: English version)
Russell Roberts  ...  Chief Daisuke Aramaki (voice: English version)
David Kaye  ...  Batou (voice: English version)
Trevor Devall  ...  Togusa (voice: English version)
Michael Adamthwaite  ...  The Laughing Man (voice: English version)
Nicole Bouma  ...  Tachikoma (voice: English version)
Brian Drummond  ...  Saito (voice: English version)
Mark Gibbon  ...  Borma (voice: English version)
Janyse Jaud  ...  Tachikoma (voice: English version)
Kelly Metzger  ...  Tachikoma (voice: English version)
John Murphy  ...  Pazu (voice: English version)
Yutaka Nakano  ...  Ishikawa (voice: Japanese version)
Akio Ohtsuka  ...  Batou (voice: Japanese version)
Takashi Onozuka  ...  Pazu (voice: Japanese version)
John Payne  ...  Ishikawa (voice: English version)
Ross Douglas  ...  Daido (voice)
Tôru Ohkawa  ...  Saito (voice)
Summary: The OAV "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex--The Laughing Man" (2005) consists of footage from the 26-episode "Stand Alone Complex" TV series (2002), recut to tell the story of a police battle with an über-hacker. Writer-director Kenji Kamiyama oversaw the re-editing and rewrote some of the dialogue for greater clarity. The main arc of the first season of "SAC", "The Laughing Man" is complicated tale of cyber-espionage and government corruption. Major Kusanagi, Batou, Chief Aramaki, and the other officers of Public Security Section 9 must untangle an intricate web of deception to discover a hidden scandal involving a bogus cure for the debilitating disease of "cyberbrain sclerosis." In the original series, this story was interwoven with brief adventures involving the black-market sale of human organs, the growing consciousness of the Tachikoma robots, and Chief Aramaki's colorful past. "The Laughing Man", a title borrowed from J.D. Salinger, is interesting enough to stand on its own, but at two hours and forty minutes, it feels very long. Bandai has re-recorded the dialogue with a new cast, which sounds jarring to audiences familiar with the series. "The Laughing Man" may appeal to viewers who didn't see "SAC" in its initial release: "otaku" who know the original may find the reworking feels like a gimmick. (Rated 13 and older: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) "--Charles Solomon"