Japan Release: 2004
Running Time:
99 minutes

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Japanese Title

[ Inosensu]

Distributor: Production:

Toho / Shirow Masamune / Kodansha / Production IG / Tokuma Shoten / NTV / Dentsu / Disney / Mitsubishi

In 2032, Public Security Section 9 is sent to investigate a series of murders by malfunctioning gynoids. Given a lack of motive, Section 9 suspects terrorism and dispatches cyborg Batou and Togusa to the case. At one of the homicide scenes, they uncover the remains of Jack Walkson, who worked at the gynoid company Lolcus Solus. It's suspected that the Yakuza are involved with his death, as a Yakuza boss was killed by a gynoid. Batou and Togusa visit a Yakuza bar to question them, but end up massacring most of the gang. One of the survivors admits his predecessor was involved with Lolcus Solus, but he doesn't know how. Afterwards Batou becomes caught in a firefight at a store. However, it turns out how his brain had been hacked and he imagined the incident. In fact, in the confusion he nearly killed innocent people in the store. It's then believed that something deeper is at hand, something that wants Section to stop investigating...


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International Title

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Initial US Title

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
US Distributor: Dreamworks (1989) / Time: 124 minutes

Alternate Titles

[Literal translation]




Directed by Mamoru Oshii
Writing credits Mamoru Oshii, Shirow Masamune
Produced by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Toshio Suzuki, Ryuji Mitsumoto, Maki Terashima-Furuta
Music by Kenji Kawai, Joaquín Rodrigo
Cinematography by Miki Sakuma
Film Editing by Sachiko Miki, Chihiro Nakano, Junichi Uematsu
Production Design by Yohei Taneda, Shuichi Hirata
Batou Akio Otsuka
Motoko Kusanagi, Major Atsuko Tanaka
Togusa Koichi Yamadera
Aramaki, Section 9 Department Chief Tamio Oki
Ishikawa Yutaka Nakano
Kim Naoto Takenaka
Haraway Yoshiko Sakakibara
Koga Hiroaki Hirata
Azuma Masaki Terasoma
Terrorist Peter Emshwiller
- Gou Aoba
- Eisuke Asakura
- Yuzuru Fujimoto
- Emiko Fuku
- Masao Harada
- Minoru Hirano
- Katsunosuke Hori
- Sukekiyo Kameyama
- Eriko Kigawa
- Hiroyuki Kinosha
- Shuji Kishida
- Kenichi Mochizuki
- Sumi Mutoh
- Ryuji Nakagi
- Yasushi Niko
- Yu Sugimoto
- Fumihiko Tachiki
- Akino Watanabe
- Makoto Yasumura


Box Office

Release Date: March 6th, 2004 (Japan)
Budget: ¥1,000,000,000 / $9,000,000 (Rough Figure)
Total: ¥1,000,000,000 / $9,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Release Date: September 17th, 2004 (US)
Opening Weekend: $317,722 (US, 47 Theaters)
Total: $1,043,896 (US)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Dreamworks (2004) Order
United States Region 1 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Bandai (2009) Order
United States Region 1 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence [Steelbook] Bandai (2009) Order
Japan Region 2 Innocence Standard Edition Buena Vista (2004)
Japan Region 2 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence International Version Buena Vista (2005)
United States Blu-Ray Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Bandai (2009) Order
United States Blu-Ray Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Funimation (2017) Order

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • Was submitted to the US copyright office on July 30th, 2004 with the registration number PA0001306627. The copyright claimants were Toho, Shirow Masamune, Kodansha Company, Production IG, Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network Corporation, Dentsu, Walt Disney Japan, & Mitsubishi Shoji. The titles used were "Ghost in the Shell : No. 2 Innocence", "Innocence", "Ghost in the Shell" and "Kokaku-kidotai". The first two titles are related to the sequel, while the last two seem to be placed to tie it with the 1995 movie.
  • A sequel to the 1995 movie Ghost in the Shell, based on the 1989 manga Mobile Armored Riot Police (攻殻機動隊 - Kokaku Kidotai) by Masamune Shirow. The 1995 film has no relation to Toho, though, as it was released by Shochiku and was not produced by Toho.
  • On the aspect of the focus character for the sequel and why it wasn't Major Kusanagi from the first film, director Mamoru Oshii mentioned: "That is actually the first idea I had in mind... to not make her the main character. The original comic book still has the main character. But I wanted to make my movie where she disappears completely and another person searches for her. So this is a completely imaginary new creation. So I know the movie would be a success if the main character Batou goes on a search for Motoko and he eventually encounters his own body." Noted in the October 2004 edition of Play magazine.