Blur the lines of reality this Halloween night with a celebration of not just a cult classic, but the life of a true anime auteur. Striking and provocative, the return of Satoshi Kon's debut film "Perfect Blue" is a 20th anniversary event not to be missed.
Director: Satoshi Kon ("Millennium Actress", "Paprika", "Tokyo Godfathers")
Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai ("Blame!", "Millennium Actress")
Studio: Madhouse ("Redline", "Summer Wars")
Junko Iwao ("Cardcaptor Sakura", "Neon Genesis Evangelion")
Rica Matsumoto ("Pokémon", "Mobile Suit Victory Gundam")
Masaaki Ōkura ("Akira", "Samurai Champloo")
Shinpachi Tsuji ("Naruto", "Fairy Tail")
Mima Kirigoe (Junko Iwao) has a bright future ahead of her when she leaves the chart-topping pop trio "CHAM!" to pursue an acting career. When a role in a violent crime drama courts controversy and a bizarre blog starts detailing every aspect of her life however, Mima begins to fall apart and her associates start turning up dead.
Stalked by madness amidst a whirlpool of fear and a dangerous dance of reality and delusion, Mima is left helpless and riddled with self-doubt in a world where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares.
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While many debuts can show a potential for greatness, few take the stage with as strong a spotlight as their later scenes - yet Satoshi Kon did just that from opening night with a powerful, exhilarating thriller that doesn't shy away from harsh criticisms of Japan's idol industry and keeps you guessing right until the very end.
Satoshi Kon's career may have been cut tragically short and the world potentially robbed of decades' worth of more stories, yet the consistent quality of his filmography will remain unrivalled by many with whole lifetimes still ahead of them.
Whether you're an anime fan retracing the medium's modern history, a follower of cinema or a dedicated Satoshi Kon fan, this 20th anniversary theatrical re-release is an experience you won't want to miss.
About Satoshi Kon:
Celebrated as one of anime's greatest directors, Satoshi Kon was inspired to pursue a career in animation while attending high school by future classics including "Space Battleship Yamato" and "Heidi, Girl of the Alps", which was directed by eventual Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.
After leaving college, Satoshi Kon found his first work in anime as an animator on "Roujin Z" by Katsuhiro Otomo ("Akira"), who he had previously served as a manga assistant, and Mamoru Oshii's 1993 film "Patlabor 2: The Movie", before making his directorial debut in 1997 with "Perfect Blue".
Satoshi Kon returned to re-examining the blurring lines of reality in both his 2002 film "MIllennium Actress" and his final feature film, 2006's "Paprika". Between those, he helmed the award-winning comedy drama "Tokyo Godfathers" and television anime "Paranoia Agent".
On 24 August 2010, Satoshi Kon tragically passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer, aged 46. His planned fifth film, "Dreaming Machine", remains unfinished.
About Anime Limited:
Based out of Glasgow in Scotland, Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to delivering the best of anime direct from Japan. As an independent company, their emphasis is on breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing new theatrical favourites like "Your Name", "A Silent Voice" and "Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale". With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, beautifully packaged home video collector's editions and new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.
About National Amusements:
National Amusements owns and operations Showcase and Showcase Cinema de Lux, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry, operating more than 940 screens in the US, UK, Brazil and Argentina. National Amusements is also a distributor specialising in event cinema, with a focus on anime and pre-school titles including "Your Name", "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F" and "Thomas & Friends: The Great Race". Based in Massachusetts, National Amusements is a closely held company operating under the third generation of leadership by the Redstone family. National Amusements is also the parent company of both Viacom and CBS Corporation.