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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society Awarded with Jury Prize at 21st Digital Content Grand Prix

    February 08, 2007

"Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society", directed by Kenji Kamiyama and released in Japan in November 2006, has been awarded with the Jury Prize at the 21st Digital Content Grand Prix.

Produced by Production I.G, Bandai Visual, Bandai Entertainment, Dentsu, Nippon Television Network, Victor Entertainment, Tokuma Shoten and Manga Entertainment, and based on the original comic books written by Shirow Masamune, "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society"

is the latest chapter of the world-hit Japanese animation saga "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex", started in 2002 with a hugely successful TV series.

In the past, Production I.G has been honored twice with Digital Content Grand Prix recognitions. In 2003 (18th Digital Content Grand Prix) President & CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa received the Chairman Prize for his achievements as producer and entrepreneur, and in 2004 (19th Digital Content Grand Prix) Mamoru Oshii's "Innocence" received the Grand Prix in the Hit Content Division.

The Award Ceremony of the 21st Digital Content Grand Prix will take place at the Akiba 3D Theater, UDX Building, Akihabara, Tokyo, on February 16, 2007.

Story - A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section

9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents, and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker named the Puppeteer is behind the entire series of events. In the midst of all, Batou, who was stalking the case on a separate track, encounters Motoko, who warns him with mysterious

words: "Stay away from the Solid State Society."

About the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex World Setting - In the year 2030, digital networks are reaching out everywhere. IT has advanced to drive human will, converted into light and electrons, in one direction, but not enough to turn a "loner" into a complex being called an "individual." Information networks continue to expand and crimes continue to become more complex. In this society of chaos, an organization that specializes in hunting down and eliminating a crime before it occurs was established. This is Section 9, the so called "Stand Alone Complex," or S.A.C., under the direct supervision of the Ministry of the Interior. Its duties include a wide range of investigations, such as responding to critical cyber crimes, guarding VIPs within the country, revealing political corruption, investigating violent murder, and dealing with top secret assassination cases.

About the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Franchise - With more than 1.5 million copies sold in Japan and 100.000 copies per volume sold in the USA, "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" has consolidated his place among the classics in the world of science fiction. Now, after two years from the acclaimed 52-episode TV series that started all in 2002, director Kenji Kamiyama and his creative team have produced a completely new chapter: "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society," is a feature-length 105 minute movie that has required an unprecedented budget of 360 million yen (or 3.20 million dollars), in order to provide theatrical quality. The USA DVD release is scheduled on July 3, 2007.

The 21st Digital Content Grand Prix, cosponsored by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Digital Content Association of Japan

(DCAJ) to praise those people or companies who brought such technologies, service systems, and hit digital content as helped the Japanese digital content industry grow in 2006.

DCAJ Official Website: www://

Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Production I.G is one of the world's leading animation studios. With its cutting-edge works, such as "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), "Jin-Roh" (2000), "Blood: The Last Vampire"

(2000), "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (animation segment, 2003) and "Innocence"

(2004), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers. This year, the studio celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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