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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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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

There are many parallels between this film and the American movie Black Swan with Natalie Portman. -Main character in Perfect Blue is named Mima. In Black Swan the character is called Nina -Mima sings in a girl pop group Cham! wearing a tutu in hopes of becoming bigger. Nina dances for a ballet class in hopes of becoming bigger. -Mima and Nina both suffer a traumatic experience -both characters have their psyche altered from this experience -both films contain a substantial ammount of blood, sex and violence. -the main character is sent a threat calling her names. With Mima it's a fax and with Nina it's on the mirror of the ladie's toilets. -Both film titles contain colours See more »

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In the English dub version, Cham sings their song at the beginning in English. Later on, when the writer is waiting for the elevator, the radio is playing the song in Japanese. See more »

Quotes

Kid in the audience: [when they leave the Powertrons live show] Not as well as on TV.
Kid: No, that's not the same.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Hitori de mo heiki
Music by Makoto Mitsui
Lyrics by Sumiyo Mutsumi
Performed by Emiko Furukawa and Mie Shimizu
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Solid, well-executed anime
20 March 2001 | by (Boulder, CO, USA) – See all my reviews

Perfect Blue is a very strange film. It's anime, but it's set in circa-1995 modern Tokyo, with a story in which everything could be explained in terms of natural phenomena and present-day technology. Furthermore, it's a psychological thriller, a genre which probably hasn't ever been done with animation before.

But even if Japan's animators dabbled in this genre more often, Perfect Blue would still be a bizarre film. It starts off as a fairly conventional thriller about a teen pop singer who may be the target of a stalker, but then the movie goes completely insane, assaulting the viewer with rapid changes of scene, perspective, and context until we simply don't know what to believe anymore. This is done so subtly and gradually that we become completely trapped in the movie's spell, and we end up just staring at the screen in horror, helpless to stop the nightmarish events from unfolding. Rarely has any movie so effectively conveyed the lunatic terror of a character who has lost touch with reality, and once the movie is over, all you can do is just sit there and try to figure everything out. Have fun with it. It's a good head scratch.

Unfortunately, the last minute or so of the movie is much too sappy and uplifting (especially the music on the end credits), cheapening the significance of everything that has gone before. But as a whole, Perfect Blue is an incredibly haunting thriller, a scathing look at the world of showbusiness, and a very worthwhile film.


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