Ghost in the Shell 2: InnocenceGhost in the Shell 2: Innocence (イノセンス, Inosensu) is the 2004 sequel to the anime film Ghost in the Shell. Released in Japan on March 6, 2004, with a U.S. release on September 17, 2004, Innocence had a production budget of approximately $20 million (approx. 2 billion yen). To raise such a large amount of money, Production I.G's president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa asked Studio Ghibli's president Toshio Suzuki to work on the project with him as a co-producer. The film is written and directed by Mamoru Oshii, with a story loosely connected to the manga by Shirow Masamune. The movie was produced by Production I.G, which also produced the original movie and the spinoff TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Alongside the film, there was a book published that served as a prequel to Innocence called After the Long Goodbye.
Directed: Mamoru Oshii
Produced: Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Toshio Suzuki
Written by Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka (Japan), Richard Epcar, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (USA)
Music: Kenji Kawai
Cinematography: Miki Sakuma
Editing by Sachiko Miki , Chihiro Nakano, Junichi Uematsu
Distributed: Toho (Japan), Go Fish Pictures (North America), Manga Entertainment (UK), Madman Entertainment (Australia, Licensed by Dreamworks SKG Australia and Paramount Films Australia Ltd.)
Running time: 100 minutes
Preceded by: Ghost in the Shell