Satoshi Kon is an artist who has left a lasting influence not only in the world of animation but in the world of cinema in general. The very beats and shadows of Kon's surrealism can be seen in many genre shots to this day. Directors like Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan have acknowledged this by paying tribute to their own films. “Perfect Blue” is an animated and innovative masterpiece that you probably did not know that inspired many modern and contemporary filmmakers if you've never seen or heard of it. Now with the launch of the new birthday available, there is no time like the present to visit what is one of the most unnerving thrillers of all time.
Mima was a pop idol, worshiped by the masses with the CHAM group until they decided to help her decline in popularity. In order to save her career, she is advised to leave music and pursue serious attitudes. A soap opera role is offered, but Mima's character is less clean than desired, involving many scenes of nudity and brash sex. After agreeing, she begins to feel the reality slip and is terrified that her life is not hers. Though obsessed with the mirror image of their former self, their friends and associates are threatened (and violently dead) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusions and out-of-body dreams. As the body count increases, she fears for her life and has to face reality and fantasy if she has any chance to live.
Satoshi Kon's thriller is prophetic, as it is widely commented upon with the idea of becoming famous. the culture of toxic fans that fame can create. When we meet with Mima, she is being kept at a higher level than humanly possible by her fans, and her doubt about turning a pop star into a serious movie star is heightened by an online community that externally hates her at her insistence in changing career paths. Director Kon focuses on many of these subtle moments that help increase the increased mental torture that Mima supports, culminating in the unfolding of the gruesome narrative.
“Perfect Blue” constantly blur the line between reality and hallucination like us. I'm never sure what Mima is thinking most of the time she's on the screen. Kon weakens the foggy dream as moments with a horrible and grotesque scene of violent violence and the consequences of cruel crimes. Kon cuts to them immediately, a heavy blow to the growing tension of Mima's own sustenance and exploring if she is next. While we are always in space we know more than Mima, when the film is closed, we are never sure if we could really trust our eyes. At the moment Mima is at the mercy of the person who inflicts such horrible crimes in her honor, we are left with a sense of satisfaction for Mima, but also never quite sure how she will do.
Mima, in the end, is still a great celebrity and her sense of self-esteem is still in her fans even when the narrative is resolved. “Perfect Blue” is a fantastic film and a still relevant statement about the nature of being a celebrity and the fandom cult. It's also a sinister, layered thriller filled with images and plots that still echo in modern cinema today.
GKIDS and Shout! The Factory has compiled a wonderful new edition for fans of the film who have been waiting for a new edition for years. The Blu-Ray release includes a 41-minute talk with director Satoshi Kan which should be a master class for anime and movie fans; It's a three part interview with Kon that talks at length about his creative process and how the film was conceived. Produced ten years after the release of the film, this is a wonderful segment. There is the original SD version of “Perfect Blue” that was not restored with the Japanese / English audio options DD 5.1 and Japanese DD 2.0. There are English credits of the English version of SD included clocking in in four minutes.
there is “recording session of the angel of your heart” timing in in four and a half minutes with the trio of singers for the recording of one of the songs from the CHAM movie. There is only the audio “Angel of Your Heart Full English Version” with music in English. Then there's the original US / UK trailer for “Perfect Blue”, the UK Re-Release Trailer and the Japanese Trailer . There is a ten-minute interview with Satoshi Kon a six-minute interview with Junko Iwao in Japanese Mima, a two-minute audio interview with Ruby Marlowe in English Mima , there is an audio-only interview with Wendy Lee in English Rumi, and an audio-only interview with Bob Marx . Finally the release comes with a DVD copy of the movie with all the special features mentioned above
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