Twenty years later, the Matrix Trilogy remains one of the most iconic and enigmatic film series in movie history.
For years after its release, lots of scientists, programmers, philosophers and semiotics have studied and interpreted each single scene of the work of The Wachowskis in search of hidden clues and meanings behind the iconic falling code consisting of the unknown Japanese-looking characters.
CRT monitor, flashing cursor, keyboard sounds, captivating voice, electronic music, and suddenly an infinite stream of falling numbers and characters of unknown origin. Something like infinite green digital rain. This is how the legendary film begins in 1999.
Eighteen years since its inception, Simon Whiteley, who worked as production and concept designer on the Matrix film, admitted in an interview that the mysterious green code is actually a recipe for a Japanese sushi.
“I like to tell everybody that The Matrix’s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes. Without that code, there is no Matrix,” he told CNET.
The recipes was actually from a cookbook that his Japanese wife uses. He scanned these recipes and used it as a concept for “The Matrix.”
We may be able to see again the digital rain code as the latest The Matrix project is reportedly being worked on. The fourth film according to the writer, Zak Penn, confirmed that it is not a reboot or a remake, but did not confirm whether it was a prequel or a sequel.
In case you forgot, below is the 40-second video from the opening scene of The Matrix.