A brutal commentaryOn the idol culture in Japan & on the abuse & fragilityOfPublic figures
Never once loses you even as the narrative breaks down. Liked it a lot
over 4 years
A disquieting exploration of fame, obsession and insanity.
Great animation work, but the storytelling is too ambiguous to be persuasively intelligent
over 5 years
Scary, but sooo good
over 5 years
Fantastic first effort- perhaps a little convenient but haunting all the same. Also gross!
Taylor Reginald Wright
over 6 years
A profoundly frightening psychological thriller with an eerie soundtrack and animation.
It's a dark movie; a bit dated now, but still relevant to today's issues.
Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー, Pāfekuto Burū) is a 1997 Japanese animated psychological thriller film directed by Satoshi Kon and written by Kon and Sadayuki Murai based on the novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. Junko Iwao plays Mima Kirigoe, a member of a Japanese pop-idol group called "CHAM!", who decides to pursue her career as an actress. Some of her fans are displeased with her sudden career change, particularly a stalker named Me-Mania, voiced by Masaaki Ōkura. As her new career proceeds, Mima's world becomes increasingly reminiscent of the works of Alfred Hitchcock: reality and fantasy spiral out of control, and Mima discovers that Me-Mania is the least of her troubles.
Mima Kirigoe, a pop-idol from the J-pop group "CHAM!", decides to leave the group to become an actress. Her first project is as in a direct-to-video drama series called "Double Bind". Some of her fans are upset by her change in career and persona, not least the stalker known as "Me-Mania." Shortly after...