It makes me feel old, but the original Matrix film is almost 20 years old already. Even so, it remains one of the most iconic films of our generation and for good reason. It seamlessly blended exciting action and mythical sci-fi in a way we haven’t seen properly executed since the original Star Wars trilogy. It’s this blend of uniqueness that set it apart from all other films of it’s era.
We’re all well aware that the world in The Matrix was a complex computer simulation, designed to pacify humans being used as batteries for a network of machines. So it was safe for everyone to assume that the iconic green code that cascaded down the screens and across the posters was some form of advanced computer code. However, it turns out that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Production designer Simon Whiteley has revealed that it was all lifted from his wife’s Japanese cookbooks:
I like to tell everybody that The Matrix’s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes.
Without that code, there is no Matrix.