The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS/FILM - TB

Di­rected by Shuko Murase. Voices of Yuichi Naka­mura, Satoshi Mikami, Kaito Ishikawa

Six years af­ter the ex­plo­sion of a dirty nu­clear bomb in Sara­jevo, west­ern democ­ra­cies have writ­ten off per­sonal pri­vacy and trans­formed into sur­veil­lance states. Cit­i­zens are chipped and mon­i­tored: even buy­ing pizza and Bud­weiser re­quires a bio­met­ric scan. Sol­diers and mil­i­tary op­er­a­tives are “emo­tion­ally op­ti­mised”; scanned and cal­i­brated by their com­man­ders, they are ef­fec­tively drones who do not feel any­thing, either phys­i­cally nor emo­tion­ally. Top-notch an­ime with ar­rest­ing so­cial com­men­tary. Club, lim re­lease, 115 min

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