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(I) (2006)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(at around 47 mins) When the two Japanese cops meet Chieko, the older one says his name is Amano Yoshio, but the subtitles read Amamo Yoshjo.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 55 mins) Amelia's torn stockings from wandering in the desert repair themselves as she is brought into the immigration office.
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When Santiago is made to go out of the car at the border crossing, it's dawn light outside. When he gets back into the car and in the following scenes, it's night again.
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When the boys with the rifle are on top of the hill, looking down at the approaching bus, it is coming from the left. When they shot at the bus, it should have it on the roof or on its left side. However, inside the bus, it is later seen that Cate Blanchett has been shot, she is against a window on the left side of the bus. The bullet hole is in the window on the left side of the bus, rather than on the right from where it was shot.
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When we first see Amelia, she is receiving a call from Richard. She asks him to find someone to care for his children so she can attend her son's wedding in Mexico. He says it's impossible(Susan has been shot in Morocco). Much later, after we have seen Susan airlifted to a hospital, we see the same call, from Richard's end, in which he tells Amelia that "Rachel" is coming to care for the children, so that Amelia can go to the wedding.
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During the phone call taking place when the bus is leaving, Richard's watch is clean. Before and after, it is covered with blood and grime.
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When Chieko and Detective Mamiya are out on the balcony, there are no buildings close to hers when he is looking at the view they have from above the 30th floor. Later Chieko is on the balcony, nude, and her father comes to comfort her. As the movie ends, a long shot of their balcony is shown from their balcony's height and there are two buildings, one the same height, and one taller, right next to theirs that were not there earlier.
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(at around 40 mins) The tour guide's badge which is around his neck inside the village house disappears when he goes outside.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 26 mins) After Chieko takes her panties off she walks back up to the table with her friends. In this shot you can see the reflection of the steadicam arm, operator and an assistant in the mirror in the top left area of the screen.
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When Amelia is in the desert, we can see one of the camera's shadow on the ground.
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(at around 36 mins) Camera shadow on Richard and the blue car as it passes him behind the stopped bus.
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Errors in geography 

After the wedding, Amelia, her nephew and the Jones children use the Tecate border crossing to reenter the USA. After fleeing, we are shown a sandy, wide desert where they wander. Actually, the Tecate border crossing is in the mountains, there is no such desert within a reasonable distance on the USA side. What is shown looks like an Arizona border crossing.
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Saguaro cactus appears in several scenes of the Mexican desert. However, these grow in the Sonora Desert region and not south of San Diego.
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When Santiago, Amelia, and the children are returning to California from Mexico, dawn in breaking on their left side. Since they're obviously heading north, their left side would be to the west, and not to the east where dawn would break.
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Factual errors 

When Chieko is at the dance club, she could not hear the music, but would still feel the bass thumping.
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Toward the end, there's a medevac helicopter. This helicopter has "Marines" written on it as well as the red crosses to symbolize the medical purpose of the helicopter. Marines don't have medical helicopters. They're supplied by the Navy.
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Revealing mistakes 

Susan is sitting on the driver's side of the bus. The shooter fires into the other side of the bus. Susan simply could not have been shot by someone in the location of the shooter.
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