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Program is an animated short film and fifth segment of the nine-segments that comprise The Animatrix, the companion series of short animated stories set in the expanded world of The Matrix series. The character designs were done by Yutaka Minowa. It was written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri and has a running time of about 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Image File history File linksMetadata Animatrixprogram. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Animatrixprogram. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... Animatrix The Animatrix is a major part of the Matrix series, a collection of nine animated short films set in that fictional universe. ... The Matrix series consists primarily of three films, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. ... Yutaka Minowa is a character designer in which most of his work is done at Madhouse Production. ... Still of Kawajiri from the Yoju toshi documentary released with the western DVD. Yoshiaki Kawajiri (川尻善昭 Kawajiri Yoshiaki) is a critically acclaimed writer / director of Japanese animation. ...


Program follows the protagonist Cis who is engaged in her "favorite simulation": a battle program set in feudal Japan. After successfully eliminating an attacking enemy cavalry, a lone samurai appears whom Cis recognizes as Duo, presumably one of the ship's crewmembers.

Initially, the two 'fight' each other as allies, testing one another's fighting abilities. During the course of their 'battle', Duo briefly disarms Cis. He questions her concentration and wonders if she regrets taking the Red Pill — the pill that took them out of the "peaceful life of the virtual world". They continue fighting until she finally overpowers Duo and is poised for the 'kill'. It is at this point that Duo states that he has "something to say". She sarcastically assumes that he wants to propose (marriage), but instead he admits a desire to return to the Matrix; incredulous, Cis nevertheless responds that doing so is impossible as 'the truth' is already known to them and they could never re-integrate into the Matrix. Duo reasons that reality is harsh and that he is tired of it. He adds that the Machines can make the both of them forget the truth.

Duo states that "it is already done", i.e. he has disabled or killed the other crewmembers and contacted the Machines. He asks Cis to return with him to the Matrix but she continues to refuse. As Duo becomes more aggressive in his arguments for returning, Cis attempts to escape while simultaneously warding off his attacks. Becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the situation, Cis requests an operator in order to exit the simulation. Duo tells her that no one can hear her and reiterates that it "is already done...[the machines] are on their way." She realizes his betrayal as their fighting becomes much more serious and forceful as they move from rooftop to rooftop. It is clear to the both of them that if she won't join him, Duo will have to kill her, too (death in a simulation results in a person's death in reality).

Duo, in a flying leap, attacks her from above with his sword. As the blade bears down towards her, Cis, standing her ground, concentrates and halts its forward motion inches from her face and breaks it (commonly known as the "blade catch" or "butterfly catch"). She takes the broken end of the blade and thrusts it into Duo. Duo states his love for her as he succumbs to the fatal blow.

Suddenly, she wakes up (i.e. exits) from the program and discovers that the encounter with "Duo" was a test program devised for training purposes. Kaiser unsuccessfully assures her that she acted appropriately during the test and met the test's targets. Clearly upset, she punches him and walks away. He remarks that aside from the punch to his face she passed the test.

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See also

The Matrix series
The MatrixThe Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix Revolutions
The Animatrix: Final Flight of the OsirisThe Second RenaissanceKid's StoryProgramWorld RecordBeyondA Detective StoryMatriculated
Soundtracks: The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture The Matrix: Original Motion Picture Score The Matrix Reloaded: The Album The Animatrix: The AlbumThe Matrix Revolutions: Music from the Motion PictureEnter the Matrix: Original Soundtrack from the Videogame • The Matrix: Path of Neo - Music from the Video Game
Video games: Enter the MatrixThe Matrix OnlineThe Matrix: Path of Neo
Characters: NeoTrinityMorpheusAgent SmithAgentsOracleArchitectNiobeMerovingianPersephoneSatiSeraphTwinsDeus Ex MachinaMinor human charactersPrograms and machines
Locations: The Matrix universeMega CityClub HelMobil Ave.Zero One (Machine City)ZionShips from The Matrix series
Cast and crew: Wachowski BrothersKeanu ReevesLaurence FishburneCarrie-Anne MossHugo WeavingJada Pinkett Smith • Owen Paterson • John GaetaGeof DarrowSteve Skroce
Other topics: The Matrix ComicsThematic motifsMatrix digital rainThe Matrix character namesThe Matrix RevisitedThe Ultimate Matrix Collection • Matrix cell phone • BluepillRedpill
Related topics: Bullet timeCyberpunkDigitalismThe Hero's JourneyMartial arts filmSimulated realityVirtual realityThe Official Matrix ExhibitCadillac CTS
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