Johnny Mnemonic (JM) in Japan

Johnny Mnemoinc

 

Now as you can see, the cover art and name is different.  In Japan, the name was shortened to "JM" for one reason or another, and the DVD case resembles an audio CD case in shape and size. 

 

The DVD content itself is much meatier than the US counterpart.  The US DVD menu simply has a "Play All," "Languages," "Subtitles," and "Scene Selections" options, none of which contain even a shred of video or audio elements.  The Japan DVD starts out with a cyberspace animation going to a menu that has a "Resume/Scene Select/Digital Pamphlet/Set Up/Play Movie" set of buttons.  The menus feature cyberspace animations to bridge their changes.  The menus also feature original artwork meant to tie in with the movies visual aesthetic of technology (the setup menu, for example, is based off of Johnny's download rig from the beginning of the movie).  The Digital Pamphlet section contains a large weath of special features.  A news article about William Gibson, a Gibson Bibliography, the Japanese trailer, poster art, a photo gallery.  Two of the options offer definitions of objects, concepts and places from the movie.

 

You can see this all for yourself, as I have included a .zip file containing screen captures of the entire menu system, as well as over 80 screen captures from the various new/alternate scenes found in the Japanese edition.  You can download this .zip file here.

 

The soundtrack is completely different.  What we seem to get is grunge metal instrumentals.  This sets the mood completely differently.  It all feels a bit more dirty and industrial, which fits the movie much better than the US version's soundtrack.  It really goes to show that soundtracks have a very strong affect on the way that a movie feels. 

 

I should also mention that the majority of the new scenes revolve around the character of Takahashi.  Thus, using this particular edit of the movie in Japan makes sense from a marketing point of view, as the actor (Beat Takashi) is apparently quite a popular actor in crime drama movies over there.

 

To the left, you will also see images taken from the Japanese release.

 

Below you will find a YouTube clip I have prepared with many of the scenes:

 

 

For those that want something more detailed than the above video:

 

First off, the opening is different.  We get the whole text scrolling down

the screen, but there is not that stupid looking laser lines behind it,

it is just white scrolling text.  Looks much better.  Plus, there are no opening

cast credits until the scene with Johnny crossing over the protesters.

 

We get a slightly extended scene with Johnny and the hooker at the
beginning. Just like an extra 10 seconds worth as she looks around
the room at the various stuff lying around.  This also appears to be

a different take of her saying her lines, as the voice inflection is

quite different.  This time around she sounds a bit more natural.

Also, in the US version she says, "Johnny?" and he says, "Yeah?"

and she replies, "nothing." from off camera (obviously dubbed in).  In

the Japanese version she says "Johnny?  <pause> where you going

this time?", Johnny says "I travel.  It's how I make my living, data

storage, remember?"

When Johnny crosses the crowd of protestors, the shot is slightly
extended, allowing more of a view of the chaos.  Before he walks into

the hotel, we get to watch the news show that he stands in front of

longer, as they talk about protests against NAS legislation.

There is a scene added in the hotel, just after he looks at the twins

through the fishbowl.  In this scene, Johnny meets with with some guy

to get the memory doubler.  The guy informs Johnny that he could not

get the double Johnny wanted, only a crappy knock off.  Johnny is

disappointed by it and says "Not even close." in English. Funny to hear
Johnny talk in Mandarin (According to script) here...

A scene with Takahashi sitting in his daughter's room in a pile of her
plush toys, watching a hologram of her playing with dolls. Then he
gets interrupted and goes on to the first meeting with Shinji.
(Note that since this is the Japanese version, there are no English
subtitles for them talking. Kinda screws things up...).  After Shinji

leaves, Takahashi goes to turn on his little terminal, and is greeted by

one of J-Bone's pirate broadcasts.

 

New scene where Takahashi is watching a video of his dead daughter

and the woman's face pops on and talks to him.  In this version she

says "How sad.  So very sad Mr. Takahashi.  The loss of a child. 

Where I am Takahashi, there is only memory.  Memory of the play of

conscience.  An endless reckoning of the score.  But I see you there, I

know you.  Your purpose is lost.  At the very core of all your power; there's

only an emptiness, hollowness, carved in the shape of the absent child". 

Upon seeing her start talking, he looks visibly shaken, and promptly reaches

into his pocket and starts popping some pills...


Funny dialog added after the "NOT ON THE HEAD!" scene in the club
bathroom. The body guard that had just slammed Johnny against the
stall wall says "You know I haven't been in one of these in years..."

Nice allusion to the whole sex change thing.

 

After the scene with Takahashi showing off his tattoo to the camera,
he confronts Shinji and two of his kobun (anyway, it seems
to roughly mean trusted henchmen) he brought with.
Takashi kills the two with a sword and reprimands Shinji for making
them his kobun without permission. as he wipes the blood off his
sword on on of their jackets, he comments (in disgust/jest) on their
Kanji tattoos not being written properly.  The only part in English is when

Takahashi says "Twice you tried to capture the courier.  Twice you have

failed...and you didn't inform me.  Don't let that happen again.  Locate him. 

Inform me.  I will supervise his capture.  Understood?"

Slightly different and extended dialog between Johnny and Jane in the

sewer/subway/whatever-it-is after Johnny wakes up from his bad trip and

she is putting away her stuff.  She names off certain things as she puts

them away, but the list is different.  And she refers to her grenade as a

'Beer Opener".
 

In the scene where she throws the grenade while in the computer shop,

her line as she throws it  is changed to, "Just a beer opener..."

 

Scene with the street preacher in his church preaching to a rows of people

twitching from NAS and looking generally bad-off.  He says, "I too was

stricken by the sickness that devours the silver pathways of the soul. 

But the lord came to me and I was HEALED and made POST-HUMAN!  The

darkness lays upon you now, but I am come...to lead you into the light." 

At this point, he disrobes, showing off his "upgrades", little metal bumps all

over his skin.  In the background, he notices, Takahashi's men arrive

with the liquid nitrogen container for Johnny's head.  He then says, "My

children, I sense a need for meditation, I must leave you now.  The sermon

is over."

 

In the scene in which the street preacher breaks into the doctor's office when

Spider is checking Johnny's implants out, he yells something that I can't

understand before yelling "The cure is mine!"


There is an extension to the scene where Shinji and his people storm
heaven.  Extra scenes of them suiting up and whatnot.   He instructs

the rocket launcher person to only launch if they lose the element of

surprise. Also the scenes of fighting inside of  heaven are extended to

include more things. The lines by the guy who  'drops a bug on spider'

are extended a bit.

 

After Johnny has been introduced to Jones and calls him a fish, and

gets 'corrected' (by the EMP attack), J-Bone says, "Not only is he a

mammal, but he's a junkie," and he gives him a big injection of something,

"navy got him all addicted to this to make him work for them.  I just give

it to him to so he thinks he's still swimmin." 

 

While the street preacher is pinning Jane against the wall he says "Jesus is

waiting.".  As he fight with Johnny he says "God's holy cure must come to

me, I am his servant."  And as Johnny starts to lose the fight, he says,  "The

cure, the holiest of communions, and when I hold God's cure I envy God." 

There is no 'wave' effect as the EMP weapon is shooting at the Street Preacher.

 

Right before Johnny hacks his brain, J-Bone explains what needs to

happen.  He says, "One problem, if we do it the easy way, we get garbage because

of the seepage.  Now if I loop it through Jones, it will save the cure...it will probably

kill you."  Johnny waits a moment and then chooses, "loop it".

The whole sequence of hacking Johnny's brain is edited differently. Hard to

 explain. Its more confusing. Quite different, and the context of events changed

around quite a bit.  You see him ride in on the underside of the first image.  You

hear the computer say, "Intruder alert, intruder alert.  Unauthorized interface

attempt," and then "Lethal neural feedback now in effect."  The computer than

says, in a more civilized, human voice, "Final warning, do not attempt interface." 

Johnny does his Zen, mind doubling thing.  The virus then starts to attack Johnny,

but he is able to dodge most of the attacks, and withstand the few that hit him.  Jones'

avatar comes sweeping in.  He reaches into the virus shooting thing, and pulls out the

blurry image.  He says, "loop it."  He smashes the image into his head, and as he

does this, his body falls apart and shatters as the computer voice repeats, "Code

Accepted.  Code Accepted," and the download starts.  Cue really cheesy music as

the download commences in pretty much the same way as it does in the US version. 

After the download is complete, Johnny slips out of the chair, seemingly dead.  There

is no restoration of his childhood memories as there is in the US version.


That is about it. I am sure I missed a thing or two. but all and
all, it makes the movie a little bit more full. It doesn't cure the
parts that are bad acting, but it makes the movie feel more natural.

 

 

Sony's Official Johnny Mnemonic Website 

Johnny Mnemonic Pinball Game