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Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Takahashi (as Takeshi)
Denis Akiyama ...
Anna Kalmann
Falconer Abraham ...
Diego Chambers ...
Takahashi's Secretary
Arthur Eng ...


In 2021, the whole world is connected by the gigantic Internet, and almost a half of the population is suffering from the Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS).Johnny with an inplanted memory chip in his brain was ordered to transport the over loaded information from Beijing to Newark. While Pharmakom Industries supported by yakuza tries to capture him to get the informaiton back, the Low-tech group led by J-Bone tries to break the missing code to download the cure of NAS which Johnny carries. Written by Miho Ishimine <mipo@mag.keio.ac.jp>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sci-fi violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugitivo del futuro  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$19,076,000 (USA)

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(8 channels)| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bartender seen with the electronic prosthetic arm is a reference to Ratz, a bartender introduced early in William Gibson's Neuromancer. See more »


The date on the screen in the New Darwin Inn reads "Thursday, 17 January 2021". January 17, 2021 will be a Sunday. See more »


Johnny Mnemonic: I can carry nearly eighty gigs of data in my head.
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Features Demon City Shinjuku (1988) See more »


Performed by Helmet
Written by Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan and John Stanier
Published by Sony songs, Inc. / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Ver Music / Headlift Music / Angry Young Martian Music / Killdevil Music (BMI)
Produced and Mixed by Helmet and Simon Eferney
Engineered by Matt Howe
Recorded and Mixed at Metropolis Studios; London
Helmet appears courtesy of Interscope Records
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User Reviews

Gibson doesn't translate well to film
4 August 2001 | by (Devon, UK) – See all my reviews

This is not a terrible film as claimed, but it had faults: poor pacing; weak atmosphere (visuals were there, but insufficient music track to back them up); and its largely unexplained universe.

Ideally, you need to have read Gibson's short stories and "Neuromancer" first, and then all the props - cyberspace, 'black ice', grubby streets, brand-name hardware, Yakuza assassins, muscle grafts, etc - make sense. The "Blade Runner" style information dump was no substitute. Incidentally, many of these props appear cliched, but remember that Gibson more or less invented them; it's merely that this film appeared long after they had become standard movie fixtures.

Gibson's written work has fairly sparse dialogue, and makes heavy use of precise and rather introspective visual description to convey character. Perhaps this just doesn't translate well to film.

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