31 Days Of Horror: PERFECT BLUE

Forgot to reblog this yesterday. It’s a very good film. Watch it with friends if you can. Better to facilitate discussion.

Another Castle

Anime director Satoshi Kon only directed four films and one television show (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent) during his lifetime, but everything he put out was met with critical acclaim, both in Japan and in the West.

The overriding theme of Kon’s career was exploring what happens when the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred. His directorial debut, 1997’s Perfect Blue is a perfect (if you’ll pardon me) example. A gripping psychological thriller that exerts Hitchcock-esque intensity over the viewer until they’re no longer sure just where the real ends and the nightmare begins.

The Plot

Based on Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s novel of the same name, the film opens with Mima Kirigoe (voiced in English by Bridget Hoffman, credited here as Ruby Marlowe), the lead singer of the popular J-pop idol group CHAM!, announcing at a small daytime concert that she’s leaving the group to become an actress. That night…

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