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Sennen joyû
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14 September 2002 (Japan) See more »
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A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Miyoko Shôji ... Chiyoko Fujiwara (70's) (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Chiyoko Fujiwara (20-40's) (voice)
Fumiko Orikasa ... Chiyoko Fujiwara (10-20's) (voice)
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: English version)
Matt Devereaux ... The Man with the Scar (voice: English version)
Felicity Duncan Smith ... Mother (voice: English version) (as Felicity Duncan)
Jo Lee ... Eiko Shimao (voice: English version)
Stuart Milligan ... Ida (2005) (voice: English version)
Regina Reagan ... Chiyoko (Manga Entertainment 2005) (voice: English version)
Samantha Shaw ... Mino (voice: English version)
John Vernon ... Genya Tachibana / Senior Manager of Ginei (voice: English version)

Directed by
Satoshi Kon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Satoshi Kon 
Sadayuki Murai 

Produced by
Taro Maki .... producer
 
Original Music by
Susumu Hirasawa 
 
Cinematography by
Hisao Shirai 
 
Film Editing by
Satoshi Terauchi 
 
Art Direction by
Nobutaka Ike 
 
Art Department
Kazunori Hashimoto .... color designer
Toshiyuki Inoue .... art supervisor
Ken'ichi Konishi .... art supervisor
Yasumitsu Suetaka .... co-art director
 
Sound Department
Masafumi Mima .... sound director
 
Special Effects by
Sachi Suzuki .... special effects (as Sachiko Suzuki)
Kumiko Taniguchi .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Lee Seok Bum .... digital compositor: DR Movie
Hitoshi Haga .... digital compositor
Kim Tae Hyun .... digital compositor: DR Movie
Yuriko Kadomoto .... digital compositor
Kou Matsuo .... digital compositor
Jin-yee Park .... digital compositor: DR Movie
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masafumi Awakura .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Koichi Gonda .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kanae Haijima .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Takafumi Hirata .... assistant director of photography
Toshikazu Hisano .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kumiko Idei .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kasuki Iida .... animation camera operator: Anime Room
Motoaki Ikegami .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Shinji Ikegami .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Keisuke Kamata .... animation camera operator: Anime Room
Takao Kawahara .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Katsunori Maehara .... assistant director of photography
Etsushi Masuda .... animation camera operator: Anime Room
Yumiko Morimoto .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Tomohiro Nishiyama .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Hiroshi Noguchi .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Yuko Orikasa .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Tetsuo Otou .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Takashi Shimada .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Hiroki Shiozuka .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kasumi Takarada .... animation camera operator: Anime Room
Masato Tamura .... animation camera operator: Anime Room
Yuki Toyonaga .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Kazunori Yamaguchi .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
Shouji Yazawa .... animation camera operator: Studio Cosmos
 
Animation Department
Junko Abe .... key animator
Ko Kun Ae .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Her Me Ah .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Mi Kyoung An .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as An Mi Kyoung)
Koichi Arai .... key animator
Yu-mi Chae .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Chae Yu Mi)
Hyun Mi Cho .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Cho Hyun Mi)
Hee Eun Choi .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Choi Hee Eun)
Soon Yeol Choi .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Choi Soon Youl)
Yun Hee Choi .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Choi Yun Hee)
Kyung-Ai Chung .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Choun Kyoung Ai)
Pek Eun Ea .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Masahiro Emoto .... key animator
Yui Enomoto .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Shôgo Furuya .... animation director
Shôgo Furuya .... key animator
Jin Chang Gun .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Myeong-yeon Ha .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Ha Myeoung Yeon)
Hitoshi Haga .... key animator
Hideki Hamazu .... animation director (as Hideki Hamasu)
Hideki Hamazu .... key animator (as Hideki Hamasu)
Young-suk Hea .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Choi Soon Hee .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Jeon Sun Hee .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Lee Yeun Hee .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Lee Yeuh Hee)
Hye-jung Her .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Takeshi Honda .... animation director
Takeshi Honda .... character designer
Eun Jin Hong .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Takafumi Hori .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Yoshinori Horikawa .... ink and paint checker
Hiroyuki Horiuchi .... key animator
Soon-a Hwang .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Yoon Jung Hye .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Eun Hyun .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania
Kwak Hyun .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Kei Ichikura .... background artist
Chieko Ichimanda .... animation checker
Keiko Iimori .... inbetween animator: Mad House (as Keiko Imori)
Hisashi Ikeda .... background artist
Junko Ina .... background artist
Kaoru Inoda .... background artist
Toshiyuki Inoue .... animation director
Toshiyuki Inoue .... key animator
Tatsuhiro Itano .... key animator
Yoon Suk Jae .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Cheol-Ho Jang .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Jang Cheor Ho)
Hyun-sik Jang .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Jang Hyun Sik)
Nam-ok Jang .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Jang Nam Ohuk)
Joung Hee Jean .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Youn Hee Jeong .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Jeoung Youn Hee)
Eun-suk Jeoung .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Jeoung Eun Suk)
Lee Jin .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania
Young-rae Jo .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Hyun Ju Jun .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Jung Hyun Ju)
Jung-Suk Jun .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Jun Joung Suk)
Choi Ki Jung .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Lee Eun Jung .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Sung Hee Jung .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Jung Sung Hee)
You Kyung Jung .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Yuriko Kadomoto .... ink and paint checker
Masatoshi Kai .... background artist
Chikako Kamata .... ink and paint checker
Young Suk Kang .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Kang Young Sook)
Nao Karino .... background artist
Kumiko Kawana .... key animator
Toshihiro Kikuchi .... key animator
Chun-soo Kim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Kim Chun Soo)
Eun Young Kim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Kim Eun Young)
Hwa Soon Kim .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Kim Hwa Soon)
Hye-Jung Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Hyun Hee Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Hyun-jung Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Jung Eun Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Kim Jung Eun)
Jung-a Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Kim Jun-a)
Keun-hwa Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Soo-jin Kim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Kim Soo Jin)
Su-jaung Kim .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Kim Su Jaung)
Young-mi Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Young-yae Kim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Yu Mi Kim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Kim Yu Mi)
Hirotaka Kinoshita .... key animator
Shigeyo Kiriyama .... background artist
Satoshi Kon .... character designer
Ken'ichi Konishi .... animation director
Ken'ichi Konishi .... key animator
Akiko Konno .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Yumi Koshikawa .... ink and paint checker
Masahiko Kubo .... key animator
Tetsuya Kumagai .... key animator
Masahiro Kurio .... key animator
Bok Kyoung Kwon .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Kwon Bok Kyoung)
Hyun Soon Kwon .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Suk-o Kwon .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Kwon-o Sunk)
Tae Ok Kwon .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Kwon Tae Ok)
Cho-hee Kyung .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Dong-Wook Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Dong Wook)
Ha-youn Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Hae-kyung Lee .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Lee Hae Kyung)
Hye Sung Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Hye Sung)
Hyo Sun Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Hyo Sun)
Hyun Sook Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Hyun Suk)
Jae-min Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Jae Min)
Jung Eun Lee .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Lee Jung Eun)
Mi Ok Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Mi Ok)
Nam Hee Lee .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Lee Nam Hee)
Sook-hee Lee .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Suk-hoon Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Suck Hoon)
Sul Young Lee .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lee Suel Young)
An-myoung Lim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as An Myoung Lim)
Hyo-kyoung Lim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Lim Hyo Kyoung)
Jeung-a Lim .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Joung-mi Lim .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Michio Mihara .... key animator
Yasunori Miyazawa .... key animator
Sung Ho Moon .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Moon Sung Ho)
Minoru Murao .... key animator
Mitsunori Murata .... key animator
Kana Nakayama .... ink and paint checker
Katsuichi Nakayama .... key animator
Takahito Nakazawa .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Jae Ho Nam .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Tetsuya Nishio .... key animator
Su-im Oh .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Oh Su Im)
Masako Okada .... background artist
Yoshiko Okuda .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Harue Ono .... ink and paint checker
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Hea-roung Park .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania
Jun Hee Park .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Park Jung Hee)
Kae-ryun Park .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Park Gae Ryun)
Mee-ok Park .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Oak In Park .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Park Ohuk In)
Youn-joung Park .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie
Young Shin Park .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Park Young Sin)
Eun Me Pyun .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Pyun Eun Me)
Choi Hey Ran .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Seo Saeng-Hoe .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Seo Saeng Hoe)
Kum Sook Seo .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Seo Kum Sook)
Song-hee Seo .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Seo Sung Hee)
Yasuhiro Seo .... key animator
Hiroshi Shimizu .... key animator
Eun-kyung Shin .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Shin Eun Kyung)
Hye Mi Shin .... ink and paint artist: DR Movie (as Shin Hye Mi)
Hyun Ju Song .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Song Hyun Ju)
Yûko Sugiyama .... background artist
Kim Mi Suk .... inbetween animator: DR Movie
Michiyo Suzuki .... key animator
Yuuka Suzuki .... ink and paint checker (as Yuka Suzuki)
Masaharu Tada .... key animator
Jun Takagi .... key animator
Shinichi Uehara .... background artist
Ichiro Uno .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Aiko Wakatsuki .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Kenichi Watanabe .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Sakiko Watanabe .... inbetween animator: Mad House
Song-sik Woo .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Woo Song Sik)
Tomoko Yamamoto .... ink and paint checker
Yuko Yazaki .... inbetween animator: Mad House
In-suk Yoo .... ink and paint artist: Kyung Kang Ania (as Yoo In Sook)
Masaki Yoshizaki .... background artist
Hye-seon Youn .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Youn Hye Seon)
Myung Hee Youn .... inbetween animator: DR Movie (as Youn Myung Hee)
Yoshimitsu Ôhashi .... key animator
Kiyomi Ôta .... background artist (as Kiyomi Ota)
 
Editorial Department
Yuriko Ito .... negative cutter
Kashiko Kimura .... negative cutter
Yurika Tsuchiya .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Itaru Fujimoto .... production committee: The Klockworx Co. Ltd.
Yohei Haraguchi .... advertisement
Hiroshi Hashimoto .... advertisement
Yumi Iwashita .... advertisement
Masaki Kaifu .... production committee: WOWOW Inc.
Kazumi Kawashiro .... production committee: Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.
Satoshi Kon .... original concept by
Satoshi Kubo .... production committee: Bandai Visual Co., Ltd.
Ian MacDougall .... English Subtitles Translator (Japanese Version)
Taro Maki .... production committee: Genco Inc.
Masao Maruyama .... planning director
Nobuhiro Osawa .... advertisement
Nobuhiko Sakô .... production committee: The Klockworx Co. Ltd.
Naoki Sato .... advertisement
Michiko Suzuki .... production committee: WOWOW Inc.
Seiji Suzuki .... advertisement
Kyoko Yamashita .... title designer
Takeshi Yasuda .... production committee: Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.
 
Thanks
Masahiro Kiba .... special thanks
Mari Oishi .... special thanks
Satoko Yoshida .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Sennen joyû" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, violence and brief mild language
Runtime:
87 min
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Commercially, the film performed modestly on its US release, earning $37,285 during its 3 week release. The film was shown almost exclusively in New York and Los Angeles, and received a minimal advertising campaign from Go Fish Pictures.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the Japanese Version, the news indicates that the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission departed from Cape Canaveral in 1969. During the Apollo missions, the name was Cape Kennedy. The name of Cape Canaveral, was re-registered until 1974.See more »
Quotes:
Chiyoko Fujiwara:My lord!
[Approaches the body of the lord]
Chiyoko Fujiwara:Why don't you wait for me?
Genya Tachibana:[trying to mourn] I...
Kyoji Ida:Do you cried in all her movies?
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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
A complex and beautiful film, 12 January 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

In some films, the dividing line between subjective and objective reality is very tenuous. In Satoshi Kon's poetic Japanese animé film Millennium Actress, it is almost non-existent. When the Ginei studio is about to be razed, documentarian Genya Tachibana decides to make a documentary about the studio and its greatest star, legendary actress Fujiwara Chiyoko who disappeared from public life more than thirty years ago. After finding an old key that belonged to the aging actress, he travels to her secluded mountain retreat with his assistant Kyogi Ida to interview her for the documentary. When Genya gives her the key, it unlocks a stream of memories that transports us (along with the cameraman and interviewer) to a different reality that allows us to relive one thousand years of Japanese history using the medium of cinema.

As she tells her story, Chiyoko recounts her birth at the time of the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 and how she was discovered as a child actress despite her mother's objection that she is too timid. She reveals how a strange young painter, a political outcast whose name she never discovers, gives her a key and then disappears, telling her that the key is "the most important thing there is". Chiyoko's dream of reuniting with her lover keeps her alive and becomes what her life is about. Unfolding more as emotion and mood than narrative, Kon takes us on a surreal journey through a series of films within films in which Chiyoko attempts to find her lost love, playing a princess, a ninja, a geisha, and even an astronaut. In the process, we witness a seamless tableau of Japan's history: the medieval period in the 15th and 16th centuries, the era when the Shogunate was in power, the Meiji period when the Emperor was restored, the Showa period before World War II, and the post-war occupation and recovery.

The line between events of Chiyoko's real life and scenes from her films is blurred and the film is difficult to follow on first viewing. To complicate matters even further, the interviewer, Genya, is cast in many roles in which he becomes almost a comic figure as Chiyoko's rescuer. Though the film is often puzzling, the search to recapture the defining moment in Chiyoko's life strikes a universal chord and we identify with her desperate quest. Though I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying, Millennium Actress is a complex and beautiful film and Susumu Hirasawa's hypnotic musical score adds to the blend of warmth, emotional power, and magical realism. Kon sees life as a big romantic movie full of melodrama, humor, and longing and seems to be saying that while there is often confusion between who we really are and the shifting roles we play in life, what remains constant is our longing for love.

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