Continuity mistake: When Kaneda and the others are being questioned by the police, you can see a colored strip on the interrogator's uniform lose it's color. This happens in the special edition too.

Continuity mistake: On the bridge, in the next shot after the tank misfires, there is a red car on one of the bridge sections to the right. As the midsection begins to rise up it vanishes. Since the car right behind it does not move, as the section has not yet begin to fall, it's safe to assume this was a mistake.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tetsuo mutates and kills Kaori, as the Colonel starts to walk away his mustache is skin tone, not colored.

Other mistake: During the first volley from the laser satellite, Kaneda is less than 30 meters from Tetsuo. A massive explosion and fireball hundreds of meters wide is shown within seconds, but somehow, Kaneda survives despite close proximity to the blast. (01:36:00)


Kiyoko: The future is not a straight line. It is filled with many crossroads. There must be a future that we can choose for ourselves.

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Trivia: The movie takes place in 2019, and features an Olympic stadium in Neo-Tokyo. Material in the film also hints that Neo-Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympic games. In real life, Tokyo was actually supposed to host the 2020 Olympic games, before they were delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Question: Can anyone explain the significance of Tetsuo's transformation towards the end of the film? I've been told it supposed to symbolise something but I can't figure out what.

Answer: In effect, it should symbolize (just as the other psionics say) that humanity is not yet ready to control such power; we are mentally not 'mature' enough. And since we are mere 'children', we tend to play with that power without any real sense of responsibility, and before we know it, it goes out of control. In effect, it mirrors the lack of sense that we demonstrate in our real world, with our technical and political power.

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