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Perfect Blue (1997)
"Pafekuto buru" (original title)

R  |   |  Animation, Horror, Mystery  |  28 February 1998 (Japan)
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A retired pop-singer-turned-actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Junko Iwao ...
Mima Kirigoe (voice)
Rica Matsumoto ...
Rumi (voice) (as Rika Matsumoto)
Shinpachi Tsuji ...
Tadokoro (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura ...
Uchida (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Tejima (voice)
Yoku Shioya ...
Shibuya (voice)
Hideyuki Hori ...
Sakuragi (voice)
Emi Shinohara ...
Eri Ochiai (voice)
Masashi Ebara ...
Murano (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada ...
Kantoku (voice)
Tôru Furusawa ...
Yada (voice)
Shiho Niiyama ...
Rei (voice)
Emiko Furukawa ...
Yukiko (voice)
Aya Hara ...
Mima's Mother (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ...
Taku (voice)
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Storyline

Mima leaves the idol group CHAM, in order to pursue her dream as an actress. Mima climbs up the rocky road to success by performing as rape victims and posing nude for magazines, but is haunted by her reflections of the past. Written by <H@jime>

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The color of illusion is Perfect Blue. (Japanese) See more »


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Rated R for animated sequences of violence and nudity, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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Budget:

JPY 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,600 (USA) (20 August 1999)

Gross:

$99,389 (USA) (17 December 1999)
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Trivia

The "Big Body" pizza box in the infamous stabbing scene usually gets a few chuckles from English-speaking viewers, who are no doubt thinking about the food's fat content. However, "Big Body" is actually an homage to Susumu Hirasawa (who would later compose music for Millennium Actress (2001) and Paranoia Agent (2004), also by director Kon) and his electronically band "P-Model." Big Body is the name of their tenth album, released in 1993. See more »

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Mima Kirigoe: Please, Rumi! It is you, isn't it? Wake up!
Mima's Ghost: You're the one who needs to wake up.
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Ai no tenshi
Music by Masahiro Ikumi
Lyrics by Kiko Imai
Performed by Misa, Emiko Furukawa and Mie Shimizu
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Third greatest anime of all time!
11 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

On the cover of this film, Roger Corman is quoted as saying "If Alfred Hitchcock partnered with Walt Disney they'd make a picture like this." He couldn't be more right.

The story is about a pop idol Mima, who is sheding her squeaky-clean image for that of an actress. Along the way, she is raped onscreen for a sleazy television show, and does a nude shoot for a men's magazine. This makes her dirty, as her old self tells her. She finds a web site detailing every intimate little detail in her life, and believes that she is being stalked by a strange man. Her personality splits in two, into herself and her old, clean, self which tries to murder her. While she is battling her old self, all of those who contributed to her downfall are being grusomely murdered.

This movie has been critisized by others on this very site, saying that the film was boring in the first 40 minutes. How wrong they are. In Hitchcock's films, (take Psycho for example) he builds up character for the first half-hour until the slashing. This does the same, because if we were not built up to believe that Mima's character is not real-i.e 3-dimensional, then we would feel no sense of loss and disorientation when all hell breaks loose in Mima's life (and the editing room).

A first class film with twists all the way. Should be seen by any movie fan with a mature mind. Even though it will probably collect dust in the anime section of the video store.

5/5

Only beaten in the anime stakes by Ghost in the Shell (2nd) and Akira (1st). Pure genius.


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