Perfect Blue (1999)
Critics Consensus: Perfect Blue is overstylized, but its core mystery is always compelling, as are the visual theatrics.
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Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn't given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer. … More
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Critic Reviews for Perfect Blue
The film has style and then some -- maybe too much, in fact, but the visual interest always remains high, and the storyline is intriguing.
Kon signe d'une main de maître un thriller enlevant et chaotique dont la nature déjantée et le goût pour les effets théâtraux rappellent le Dario Argento des belles années
[An] nime thriller [that] often plays as an examination of identity and celebrity, but ultimately gets so lost in its own complex structure that it doesn't end up saying much at all.
Satoshi Kon has created a taut, tense thriller that's a lot more coherent than many sci-fi animes, and deftly weaves several levels of reality up until the twist ending.
Animated Japanese thriller about the price of fame is rich, deep and dark.
With the freedom of animation comes a more effective blurring of fantasy and reality.
A wildly inventive creation that is just about as adult as an animated film can get, and at times, I even started to forget that it was, in fact, animated.
A must-see for fans of Japanese animation, and might make the genre a few converts.
Audience Reviews for Perfect Blue
Classic Hitchcock cat and mouse game with Lynch-ian surreal imagery. A major influence in Aronofsky's "Black Swan".More
Satoshi Kon's mastery in suspense shines here in this psychological thriller that constantly keep's its viewers on their toes. What's really great is the blend of realism into this animated film to the point where the surreal, bizarre portions aren't overwhelmed with suspense of disbelief.More
Perfect Blue is like a Giallo animated movie that's like a "Dario Argneto" Flick but with more gore and its animated, I remember "Opera" when I was young with the girl and the nails under her eyes that was just frighting how she is forced to watch her friends be slaughtered. Or the bird with the Crystal Plumage how the "killer" tries to murder the witness by running him down with his car. It's all frighting stuff by what about this? As I stated it an animated Italian Giallo film how a famous singer is being stalked by a crazed fan. I myself am a big fan of "Giallo films" and Italian flicks in general not boring Asian cinema unleased the film interest me or I catch it on TV like a normal person. Now this is the kind of movie that I knew I was going to love I don't like anime that much but I just hate to view this.
Mima Kirigoe is an actress on a long road to "success" she plays rape victim's and even works for a few dollars an hour but after a long time she hits her goal and becomes a hit with her music. But that's not the only thing she is being seeming stalked by a person in a rain coat who even tries to run her down in their car and they push one of her friends out a window, Her past is about to catch up to her as a private detective and her start to dig around and only find the guilt of her past and the ghost in her memory she tried to keep out.
The movie makes a lot of references to Dario Argneto's movies but overall I really liked the idea as Japanese's "Giallo" film. So the references are obrevsly....
*Like all Argento's movies Killers with black Gloves and in Rain coats.
*Close up's of the killers hands.
*A person remembering a memory and using it in the story.
*Victims come crashing throw panes of glass.
*The movie ends were the story starts.
The list can go on and on for any fan. So yes I loved the story okay.
The animation quality is just amazing you can see every amazing bit of detail object there in high quality. As well as the blood that "splatters" everywhere and on everything. And I really loved the trick with then camera to catch all the detail like in Dario's Suspira with the music simply just amazing.
The voice dubbing I am a bit mixed on but overall high stuff that everyone will love, never seen the English dub though. The characters are just your" Dario Argneto" people and there even muddled after some of his characters in his films. Our lead Female is model after Jessica from Suspira and her detective is after David Hemmings character in Deep Red. So overall very likeable with all the personality, OH and the killer big "Argneto" thing.
I come to a close and I think I have said everything.
An animated giallo, tense and always with a great sense of suspense and how to build said suspense. Works in ways most so called "thrillers" of the last 15 years wish they could work. Only a director with a true sense of what cinema is about could direct something like this. You will be greatly missed mr Kon.More
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