This film reminds me a lot of Blade Runner, not just visually but thematically.
There is a lot of emphasis on identity in Ghost in the Shell, and some excellent dialogue concerning it, too, particularly from Motoko after she swims in the ocean.
In my opinion, the amount of information condensed into eighty minutes is probably the only problem I had with this movie - it could have easily been an hour longer.
Generally I'm able to handle slow-paced movies pretty well.
The Assassin is a film that lingers for a long time on beautiful shots, over and over and over again, to the point where most of the film is dedicated to it. It's pretty hard to deal with honestly.
Shu Qi is the wonderful as the eponymous character. The action scenes that do take place are great. Unfortunately, it's just not my cup of tea at the end of the day.