Director: Satoshi Kon Run Time: 81 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1998 Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Starring: Junko Iwao, Masaaki Okura, Rica Matsumoto, Shiho Niiyama, Shinpachi Tsuji
Screenwriter: Sadayuki Murai
Producers: Hitomi Nakagaki, Yoshihisa Ishihara, Yutaka Tōgō, Masao Maruyama, Hiroaki Inoue
With an Intro from Super Vidiot and Satoshi Kon megafan BenDavid Grabinski – the co-creator of Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
In this intense psychological thriller for the social media era, 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, and when she takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up dead. 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. Considered an undeniable animated classic, Perfect Blue is the debut film from legendary director Satoshi Kon, who would go on to gift us Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, and Paprika.