Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) (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.
Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû) Photos
as Chiyoko Fujiwara (in her 70s)
as Chiyoko Fujiwara (in her 20s-40s)
as Chiyoko Fujiwara (in her teens-20s)
as Genya Tachibana
as Kyoji Ida
as Eiko Shimao
as The Man with the Scar
as The Man of the Key
as Junichi Ootaki
Critic Reviews for Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû)
Given its complex array of fact, fiction, location, character and atmosphere, Millennium Actress is almost unimaginable in any other medium.
This somewhat surreal animé import is unlikely to earn the same mainstream recognition as last year's Spirited Away, but it's certainly worth a look.
Lack of ambition is not one of the movie's problems.
Anime has never been my cup of oolong. Or it wasn't until Satoshi Kon's bold, time-traveling sophomore feature, Millennium Actress.
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.
Audience Reviews for Millennium Actress (Sennen joyû)
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
A rather endearing storyline, but the transition between her life and her films in the narrative was a little too smooth for me.
visually stunning, but also something to emotionally connect with