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Perfect Blue (1997)

Pafekuto buru (original title)
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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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28 February 1998 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

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 film was originally conceived as a live-action feature, but became an anime when several backers abruptly pulled out in pre-production. See more »

Goofs

When the script writer parks his car, the elevator call button has only "down", but the parking lot is at the lowest point of the building. See more »

Quotes

Tadokoro: [reviewing the script for Mima's next episode] Mima's character, Yoko Takakura, completely changes personalities when she's raped by the customers at a local strip show.
Rumi: A RAPE scene? You have got to be out of your mind!
Tadokoro: It's pivotal, Rumi. She's the key figure in the second half.
Rumi: PIVOTAL? Mima is a pop idol!
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Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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Music by Pipeline Project
Lyrics by Masato Odake
Performed by M-Voice
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Outstanding animated mindbender. Fans of Hitchcock, Argento and Lynch will be hooked.
5 September 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Perfect Blue' is the most interesting animated movie I've ever seen. Lovers of cinematic puzzlers from 'Vertigo' to 'Abre los ojos' or the movies of Dario Argento or David Lynch will probably enjoy this one more than your typical anime fan, who might find this too slow, and not flashy enough for their tastes. I don't think 'Perfect Blue' quite reaches the heights of the aforementioned, but it is still a fascinating, multi-layered thriller that improves with repeated viewings. As a look at the illusions of fame and the dark side of obsession I personally found it to be a much more satisfying movie than the more celebrated and flamboyant 'Mulholland Dr.' I strongly suggest that the original Japanese subtitled version is watched rather than the inferior English dubbed one for maximum effect. This is one movie experience that will stay with you for days. Highly recommended.


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