Perfect Blue

Careful, this is most definitely not a movie for kids, in spite of the very cartoonish look. The medium however enables Satoshi Kon to take this highly effective thriller into places he couldn’t have gone to otherwise. Taut, intense, surreal in parts, it somehow reminds me of Blue Velvet. I also remember watching a few very interesting Japanese animated movies that summer, maybe one day I should also talk about Jin Roh

Release Date
July 1997
1 h 21 min
Animation, Thriller
Satoshi Kon
Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ōkura, Yōsuke Akimoto, Yoku Shioya, Hideyuki Hori, Emi Shinohara, Kiyoyuki Yanada, Tōru Furusawa, Shiho Niiyama, Emiko Furukawa, Aya Hara, Shinichiro Miki, Megumi Tano, Akio Suyama, Osamu Hosoi, Kôichi Tôchika, Emi Motoi, Kishô Taniyama, Shokkâ Ôno, Rofuto Purasu Wan Burazâzu, Makoto Kitano, Sōichirō Hoshi, Masashi Ebara
Mima Kirigoe is a singer who leaves her trio to become an actress, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an alter ego who claims to be "the real Mima", until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her.

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