Millennium Actress (Sennen joy) (2001)



Critic Consensus: The story of an aging movie actress' complicated personal saga unfolds in this sophisticated anime film that deftly blurs memory and make-believe into a meditation on the nature of cinema itself.

Movie Info

Chiyoko Fujiwara was once a major movie star who dominated the Japanese cinema world. Thirty years ago, she abruptly disappeared from the screen and from public view. One of her greatest admirers, Genya Tachibana, is a documentary filmmaker who has traveled to the isolated mountain lodge where she makes her home to interview her. There, he presents her with an old key, and as if the key had opened a door to her memories, Chiyoko starts telling the story of her life, interweaving moments from her … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, violence and brief mild language)
Genre: Drama, Animation, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Satoshi Kon, Sadayuki Murai
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 2003
Go Fish Pictures - Official Site


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as Genya Tachibana

as Kyoji Ida

as Eiko Shimao

as The Man with the Sca...

as The Man of the Key

as Junichi Ootaki

as Man of the Key
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Critic Reviews for Millennium Actress (Sennen joy)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18)

Given its complex array of fact, fiction, location, character and atmosphere, Millennium Actress is almost unimaginable in any other medium.

October 17, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This somewhat surreal anim import is unlikely to earn the same mainstream recognition as last year's Spirited Away, but it's certainly worth a look.

Full Review… | October 3, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Lack of ambition is not one of the movie's problems.

October 3, 2003
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

Anime has never been my cup of oolong. Or it wasn't until Satoshi Kon's bold, time-traveling sophomore feature, Millennium Actress.

Full Review… | October 2, 2003
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

This is a screen trip that actually takes you someplace -- out of the world, around the world and straight to the heart of the world.

Full Review… | September 20, 2003
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Arty Japanese animated drama is too complex for little ones.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Millennium Actress (Sennen joy)

Oh Millennium Actress is one of my all time favourite movies it's just because of how creative and brilliant it is. To see one woman's major struggle throw out Meany eras of her life.

A movie studio is being torn down. TV interviewer Genya Tachibana has tracked down its most famous star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who has been a recluse since she left acting some 30 years ago. Tachibana delivers a key to her, and it causes her to reflect on her career; as she's telling the story, Tachibana and his long-suffering cameraman are drawn in. The key was given to her as a teenager by a painter and revolutionary that she helped to escape the police. She becomes an actress because it will make it possible to track him down, and she spends the next several decades acting out that search in various genres and eras.

90% for story sometimes it can be slow but overall it's the only negative thing about the movie.

100% for dubbing and acting I guess.

100% for animation quality

100% for characters I loved all of them well of course the lead is my favourite.

100% for everything else. I liked the music, settings and it juts goes on and on

All I can say is watch it its worth it

Keiko's score 95-100

Keiko A. --Samurai--
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer

A rather endearing storyline, but the transition between her life and her films in the narrative was a little too smooth for me.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

visually stunning, but also something to emotionally connect with

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer

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