Ghost in the Shell City Dream
The last film I saw with Henry was the cult anime Ghost in the Shell (1995). He insisted we watch it one morning, I can’t remember exactly when. Based on the manga by Masamune Shirow it was entertaining and thought provoking, brimming with action and violence in the service of a complicated plot about cyborgs, networked brains and evil hackers. Clearly the film was influenced by Blade Runner (1982) and in turn influenced The Matrix (1999) all of which were (and still are) hot favourites in the Armero household.
About a third of the way in there is an exceedingly beautiful, dream-like, three minute sequence of city scenes, completely different from what comes before and what follows after, accompanied by a what sounds like a Japanese children’s folk choir. It was this montage, full of memorable images,that stuck with me, much like the the train scene in Spirited Away (see it here), and which still connects me to Henry years later. I hope you enjoy it, too.