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Perfect Blue (1997)

Director: Satoshi Kon, Satoshi Kon, Hisao Shirai
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Manga Video
Genre: Anime, Neo Noir, Anime Feature Films
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Japanese, Jap
Subtitles: English, Japanese, Jap
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Without the exploding mutants and robotic high school babes that most Americans associate with Japanese anime, this film is a taut psychological thriller. At the behest of her agent, Mima leaves both her moderately successful girl-pop band and her virginal image for an acting gig in a sexy television drama. Her new career and new look does not please all of her fans, though. She soon finds herself being stalked by a shadowy figure with long hair and bad teeth, and she discovers that someone has posted disquietingly intimate details about her private life on the web. Later, the architects of her new image, a photographer and screenwriter, are found stabbed to death. But what unnerves Mima most is that she feels increasingly threatened by an evil incarnation of her former pop icon self. Is she being pursued by an irate Mima impersonator or has she slid into some kind of delusional psychosis? Perfect Blue is directed by noted anime screenwriter Satoshi Kon. ~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Turn off your brain when watching by thingstodo January 26, 2006 - 6:49 PM PST
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
I don't mind a movie throwing curve balls as long as I feel that the narration is at least on my side. But when everything in a story is conspiring againt me as an audience, it just makes me feel that the director has either lost control of the story or just being confusing for nothing else other than its own sake.

Kinda dishonest, really.

After three or four of these "Psyche! It was all a dream. Nah nah nah nah nah nah..." switches I reached a point where I don't even CARE whether something is "real" or not anymore.

The end is even more preposterous that I don't even want to get into, spoiler or otherwise. When these "relevations" are done correctly, they make you think "Oh YEAH! Of course!" But when it's a cheat (like this one), you just go, "Where the hell did that come from?" If it was revealed that it was Elmer J Fudd with a sketch pencil drawing all this, the effect would've had the same effect, if not even better, than what this story chose to end with.

I guess I'd like a puzzle, but not one that cheats.

If you want an anime that messes with your mind (but technically done much better), try "Ghost in the Shell Innocence." Otherwise, there are many others that deal with shifting realities much better than this one.

As for the sex and violence, if you're into that type of stuff, well, there are a lot of better ones out there, too.

Skip this one.

May not play in your DVD player by RickN June 7, 2005 - 1:22 PM PDT
4 out of 10 members found this review helpful
This DVD did not play in my DVD player even after I requested a replacement copy from Greencine. I don't know if it's because I have an old DVD player (it's a Panasonic, about two years old) or what, but it gave me a DVD-ROM error and wouldn't start. However I was able to watch it on my computer's DVD player. Just a warning.

Regarding the movie itself, it definitely requires two viewings. The first time through it's hard to determine what's actually happening, what's part of a character's delusions, and what's part of the movie-within-a-movie. I'm still not entirely sure about that for every scene. Still, it's an intriguing psychological thriller.

Bad, bad, bad by obonin June 4, 2005 - 12:59 AM PDT
4 out of 15 members found this review helpful
I'm not sure who likes this kind of animation. It is simplistic. The story is not original, and it seems that it's about trying to show that girl defense-less and several times she is exposed naked and scared. Like if the director enjoyed portraying women in such a fashion. The drama is not believable and seems to only be there to put that main character in this disturbing erotically charged situations. Soothing the audience's fantasies?

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