i’m not sure if i even understand everything that happened…it was rather gory, and that was a bit distracting.
but, what i’ve gathered so far is (putting it under a read more because SPOILERS and also tw for death and gore and violence)
there was a scientist, Dr. Morgan, who wanted to create some ultimate weapon involving psychic kids (but also a machine???) and as far as i can tell he used his own children to set up the experiment. but, they needed money so his assistant went to some shadowy group called Kuryu for funding. when Morgan found out he flipped a shit and his assistant, Dr. Kenneth Reed, killed him. Reed raised Morgan’s kids, Diana and Elaine, and continued the experiment. (Diana has a cybernetic body and Elaine can’t talk?)
eventually Elaine escapes from the research facility and ends up making friends with a street kid. Reed sends Diana to bring her back, and they have a fight. there’s also a couple other cyberpeople searching for Elaine, and they attack her and the other kid in the subway. she kills one, and then the police come and take her to the hospital. Reed and his henchmen attack the hospital and kill everyone there in order to get Elaine back.
then there’s a long, confusing fight scene—Diana kills Elaine, some weird agents attack them, then Diana’s cyber body has to be repaired, and it turns out that Elaine is like, psychically alive or something. Elaine’s kid friend dies. Elaine merges her psychic energy with Diana and then turns into this weird mechamonster thing that goes around causing destruction. two agents suddenly also turn into cybermonsters and try to attack her. eventually, all of hong kong explodes and vanishes from the face of the earth. in the end, Elaine says goodbye to the ghost of her dead friend.
anyways, people weren’t kidding when they said this was violent. this wasn’t just blood spatter, it was dismemberment and decapitation. oh, and that one scene with the detective in the hospital where he wakes up with his skin and muscles removed and all his organs hanging out.
you know what, though? the part that made me the most uncomfortable was when that street gang was assaulting Elaine and her friend. i guess i can deal with serious gore no problem (especially if it’s animated) but sexual violence is still kind of icky.