Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Canada, 1995
96m, 98m (Germany), 103m
35mm film, colour
Dolby Digital Stereo, SDDS, English

A Canadian science fiction film directed by Robert Longo.

Plot Summary

In the near future, Johnny Mnemonic is a data courier, carrying important and often illegal data in special implants in his head. His latest mission goes horribly wrong when his contacts are assassinated before they give him the key to unlock the massive overload of data he’s now carrying. Facing a painful death, Johnny has to seek help from the Lo-Teks while fending off a gang of assassins who are determined to get the data, even if it means severing Johnny’s head from the rest of him…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Robert Longo
Peter Hoffman presents an Alliance production. A Robert Longo film
Executive Producers: Staffan Ahrenberg, B.J. Rack, Victoria Hamburg, Robert Lantos
Supervising Producer: Jean Desormeaux
Produced by: Don Carmody
Screenplay by: William Gibson, based on his short story
Director of Photography: Francois Protat
Edited by: Ronald Sanders
Music by: Brad Fiedel
Sound Mixer: Doug Ganton
Costume Designer: Olga Dimitrov
Key Make-up: Linda Gill
Key Hair: Jennifer Bower
Prosthetics/Animatronics: FX Smith
Special Effects Supervisor: Rory Cutler
Special Visual Effects: Fantasy II Film Effects
Cyberspace Sequence Producer/Designer: Sony Pictures Imageworks
Production Designer: Nilo Rodis Jamero

Cast
Keanu Reeves (Johnny)
Dolph Lundgren (Street Preacher)
Takeshi [real name: Takeshi Kitano] (Takahashi)
Ice T (J-Bone)
Dina Meyer (Jane)
Udo Kier (Ralphi Face)
Denis Akiyama (Shinji)
Henry Rollins (Spider)
Tracy Tweed (Pretty)
Don Francks (Hooky)
Barbara Sukowa as Anna K Kalmann
Falconer Abraham (Yomamma)
Diego Chambers (Henson)
Sherry Miller (Takahashi’s secretary)
Arthur Eng, Von Flores (Viets)
Victoria Tengelis (Pharmakom receptionist)
Warren Sulatycky (yakuza operator)
Celina Wu (Mikiyo)
Gene Mack (Laslo)
Jamie Elman (Toad)

Includes extracts from
Demon City Shinjuku (1993)

References

Periodicals
Cinefantastique January 1995 pp.14-15 – illustrated article
Empire March 1996 pp.22; 38 – illustrated article (A Not Very Novel Idea by Caroline Westbrook); illustrated review (by Bob McCabe)
Film Comment September/October 1996 pp.54-62 – illustrated article (Mind Over Matter by Chris Chang)
Film Review March 1996 pp.19, 34-37 – article
Film Review Sci-Fi Special April 1996 pp.34-35 – interview
Interzone no.103, Jan 96) p.34 – review (by Nick Lowe)
New Musical Express 10 February 1996 p.28 – review
Samhain no.55 p.31 – review
Screen International 20 May 1994 p.15 – note
Sight & Sound February 1996 p.45 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review (by Lizzie Francke)
Starburst no.216 (August 1996) – illustrated note, short article

Books
The Espionage Filmography: United States Releases, 1898 through 1999 by Paul Mavis p.163