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The Week: Movies: IT'S MATTER OVER MIND.



THERE aren't too many animated movies that liberally quote Shakespeare, Milton, the Bible and Confucius.

But then Ghost In The Shell taxes the mind more than most.

Actually, I found the characters' propensity to come out with philosophical sayings rather annoying, especially when they made no sense.

I understand 'We weep for the bird's cry but not for the blood of a fish', but what is 'Let one walk alone, committing no sin, with few wishes, like an elephant in a forest' all about?

It is set in 2032, some years after the Major - so cybernetically enhanced that only her ghost remained human - disappeared into the Net.

Her cyborg cop partner, Batou, is an agent of the elite Section 9. He and his mostly-human new sidekick Togusa are called in to investigate a series of gruesome murders.

But it's often hard to know what's going on amid the psychobabble and it's much better to look at than listen to.

When I lost track of the narrative, I just enjoyed the beautiful images - especially of Batou's cute basset hound.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2005
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