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Science Fiction Double FeatureThe Science Fiction Film as Cult Text$
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J. P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381830

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381830.001.0001

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The Cult Film as Affective Technology: Anime and Oshii Mamoru’s Innocence

The Cult Film as Affective Technology: Anime and Oshii Mamoru’s Innocence

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(p.84) 5. The Cult Film as Affective Technology: Anime and Oshii Mamoru’s Innocence
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Science Fiction Double Feature
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Sharalyn Orbaugh

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381830.003.0006

This chapter examines Oshii Mamoru's animated Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004). It analyzes the connections between the ‘cult’ elements of the film and the science fiction (sf)-esque issues that Oshii explores throughout his oeuvre. It argues that for Oshii, the film is a kind of performed philosophical speculation, and many of the same elements that allow us to define his work as ‘cult’ also function to highlight and enact his theories regarding technobiopolitics — theories typically linked to sf. To define Innocence as ‘cult’ here is not a secondary designation; rather, ‘cult’ is a fundamental element in producing the meanings of this sf film.

Keywords:   Oshii Mamoru, animated films, science fiction films, cult films, cult cinema, technobiopolitics, sf genre

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