A complex and engaging sci-fi crime thriller. The narrative never stops being driven.
The Laughing Man is a slightly reworked version of the first season of the anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Minor alterations were made to plot timeline of the first season to accommodate an abbreviated take on the Laughing Man affair. Some new animation and voice work was added in order to more seamlessly transition the new plot structure. The film is an original video animation (OVA) version of the series and was released in North America on October 2, 2007.
Alerted to a possible conspiracy active amongst the highest levels of the Police, the members of Section 9 discover that a previously inactive but elite hacker may be involved in the blackmailing of several key business and government leaders. As the conspiracy stretches to affect all levels of society, time is running out for Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team to uncover the truth and capture the elusive Laughing Man.