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Ghost in the Shell coming to IMAX theaters in 4K this September

The classic neo-noir thriller will be fully remastered

Major Motoko Kusanagi drops down into the neo-noir city in Ghost in the Shell Image: Lionsgate
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Neo-noir cyberpunk thriller Ghost in the Shell is coming to IMAX theaters across the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and other select markets for the first time on Sept. 17. Distributors Bandai and Lionsgate said Friday that Ghost in the Shell will screen in 4K using IMAX’s DMR digital remastering process at approximately 150 locations.

Based on the influential manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell is set in 2029 Japan and follows Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg security officer, as she hunts down a mysterious hacker. Directed by Mamoru Oshii, the 1995 anime film was originally a box office failure, but became a cult classic through home media release. Recently, the movie got a 4K release for its 25th anniversary.

Ghost in the Shell has been adapted many times over the years, including a controversial 2017 American live-action film that cast Scarlett Johansson and other white actors in lead roles. There is also a sequel series on Netflix, which picks up after the events of the 2002 anime series based on the manga.

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