When: Fri., Aug. 10, 11:55 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 11, 11:55 p.m. 2018
Masamune Shirow's groundbreaking cyberpunk manga Ghost in the Shell is about a counter-terrorist organization operating in a high-tech, mid-21st-century Japan. Many of the agents have technology implanted in their bodies, with team leader Motoko Kusanagi having a full-body replacement. Shirow's philosophy of crime and punishment, the essence of what makes us human and the impact of rapid technological development all underpin the series and its animated film adaptations. The original film version, also called Ghost in the Shell, delves into Kusanagi's own doubts about her humanity (if she doesn't have an organic body, is she merely an advanced appliance?) even as the team tracks a criminal who can hack into cybernetic brains and control them. Seeing the intricately detailed city where the action takes place is alone worth the price of admission; it's a grubby, beautiful character that grounds the story. The Reel Late film series presents Ghost in the Shell at 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday (August 10 and 11) at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; www.landmarktheatres.com). Tickets are $8.