If you’ve seen the original Ghost in the Shell anime, you remember some of the classic shootout scenes. But did you know to get authentic gunplay correct in the movie, director Mamoru Oshii took his staff to Guam to practice firing weapons? During their research, they discovered that there are no sparks when bullets ricochet off stone, which is why there aren’t any sparks in the film’s museum scene. That’s just one of the ghostly facts featured in the newest episode of You Think You Know Movies!

Ghost in the Shell was an acknowledged influence on the Wachowskis when they made the original film of The Matrix. As the story goes, they went to producer Joel Silver and gave him a copy of Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell, adding “We want to do this, but for real.” The film’s inspiration can be seen in The Matrix’s flowing lines of green computer code, as well as several shots that mirror similar images from Ghost in the Shell.

You Think You Know Movies? is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but this time we’re teaming up for some Power Rangers movie trivia. Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know in the comments what movies we should cover next.

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