Tuesday, June 24, 2003

"The Matrix: Reloaded" has become the biggest "event" movie of the year. As if to demonstrate the excitement, events are currently breaking out in all regions of Japan.
The first version of the event, which began with a recruitment call on Japan's largest BBS website, Nichanneru [channel 2], was staged on June 8 at the north entrance of Shibuya station, where about ten Agent Smith impersonators chased down Neo. This incited fans all over the country to stage similar events in such places as Sapporo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. On June 15 when the second round reclaimed Shibuya, an amazing 100+ Agent Smiths joined in among onlookers and passers-by, creating a minor sensation. At Hachiko square in front of the station, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity impersonators re-enacted highlights and fight scenes from the film to the cheers and applause of the crowd.


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