MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,796 this week

Millennium Actress (2001)
"Sennen joyû" (original title)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 11,779 users   Metascore: 70/100
Reviews: 51 user | 59 critic | 15 from Metacritic.com

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 20 May 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Millennium Actress (2001)

Millennium Actress (2001) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Millennium Actress.
7 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Paprika (2006)
Animation | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori
Paranoia Agent (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Iizuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura
Memories (1995)
Animation | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuka Nanri
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coming of age story involving young love and a mysterious music, coming from a crystal radio left as a memento by an absent father, that leads a young heroine deep into a hidden world.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Hilary Haag, Corey Hartzog, Leraldo Anzaldua
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, Sumi Mutoh
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô.

Director: Isao Takahata
Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Youko Honna
Perfect Blue (1997)
Animation | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
Ani*Kuri15 (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Takeshi Maeda, Akira Nakagawa, Shizuka Okohira
Animation | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"Magnetic Rose" is about what happens when a deep space corporate freighter is called upon to investigate a distress signal from what ought to be a derelict space station. The space station... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Morimoto
Stars: Tsutomu Isobe, Kôichi Yamadera
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Miyoko Shôji ...
Mami Koyama ...
Fumiko Orikasa ...
Shôzô Iizuka ...
Genya Tachibana (voice)
Shouko Tsuda ...
Eiko Shimao (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
Junichi Ootaki (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ...
Mother (voice)
Kan Tokumaru ...
Senior Manager of Ginei (voice)
Tomie Kataoka ...
Mino (voice)
Takkô Ishimori ...
Head Clerk (voice)
Masamichi Satô ...
Young Genya (voice)
Masaya Onosaka ...
Kyoji Ida (voice)
Masane Tsukayama ...
The Man with the Scar (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
The Man of the Key (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Bent ...
Junichi Otaki (voice)
Edit

Storyline

A movie studio is being torn down. TV interviewer Genya Tachibana has tracked down its most famous star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who has been a recluse since she left acting some 30 years ago. Tachibana delivers a key to her, and it causes her to reflect on her career; as she's telling the story, Tachibana and his long-suffering cameraman are drawn in. The key was given to her as a teenager by a painter and revolutionary that she helped to escape the police. She becomes an actress because it will make it possible to track him down, and she spends the next several decades acting out that search in various genres and eras. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, violence and brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 September 2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Millennium Actress  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,732 (USA) (12 September 2003)

Gross:

$37,285 (USA) (26 September 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Various photographic effects of aging are used in order to make the Chiyoko's films seem old: were filmed separately and passed through different laboratory and telecine processes from the rest of the film, no CG effects were used. See more »

Goofs

In the film, a small tremor occurs before a major earthquake. Usually this should happen in reverse, even in an area of high seismic activity such as Japan. See more »

Quotes

Chiyoko Fujiwara: The full moon...
The Man of the Key: It won't appear tomorrow, but I like This moon better. After the full moon begins to wane. But after fourteen nights, starting tomorrow, I hope to see it again. I gotta go.
Chiyoko Fujiwara: But, you are hurt!
The Man of the Key: My friends are fighting in Manchuria. The painting is not of much help.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Perfect Blue (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Our loves and our youth.
9 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, Millennium Actress is a masterpiece. Fluid scene transitions, vibrant colors, and gorgeous pieces of music not only allow, but forces the viewer to feel empathy for the character. I admit, I was teary eyed for several scenes in the movie, it's cinema at its best.

The story, like Kon's Perfect Blue, is told in a way where reality and fantasy are blurred and joined. Unlike Perfect Blue, the truth and fiction are not important matters in Millennium Actress. Perfect Blue was a movie about an event. Millennium Actress is a movie about an emotion: Love. That search for the long lost love is the only thing that keeps one young. Chiyoko, the main character, travels through centuries and millenniums to find it, but always fails. Yet her zealous passion for this quest is what ultimately keeps her young, even at death.

Watching this film, we will all be reminded of that one passion we've had during our youthful days and be reminded about our quest to fulfill that passion. Maybe that feeling will return after you've viewed this movie. Maybe you'll regret certain actions and decisions that you've made in the past. But that's of no importance. Because at that point, the film has done its job and you'll feel a little warmer inside.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Beautiful Propaganda. memoryofyourface
Let's Celebrate the Movie with a Game goodfellow408
The wraith's line? CsikosPost
The films ending + confusion emc1907
Age-difference between Chiyoko and Genya xenobium
rouroni kenshin cameo? tamajinn
Discuss Millennium Actress (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?