CAST: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji DIRECTOR: Satoshi Kon WEIRD ELEPHANT | 5/26 & 5/27
PERFECT BLUE, the groundbreaking and rarely screened first film from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent).
Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren't ready to see her go... Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima's reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.
Note: Strong adult content warning for animated sequences of graphic violence and nudity, and is only recommended for adults 17 years and older.
presented in the original japanese with english siubtitles
Strange, stylish and intelligent, this is a rare anime film that delivers on its Eastern promise.Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
This engrossing animated thriller somehow displays realist gore, nudity, and sexual violence in a tone not too far from that of a children's adventure; its innocence stems in part from the convincing naivete of the heroine.Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader