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Perfect Blue (1997)

Pâfekuto burû (original title)
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A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.

Director:

Satoshi Kon

Writers:

Sadayuki Murai (screenplay), Yoshikazu Takeuchi (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Junko Iwao ... Mima Kirigoe (voice)
Rica Matsumoto ... Rumi (voice) (as Rika Matsumoto)
Shinpachi Tsuji Shinpachi Tsuji ... Tadokoro (voice)
Masaaki Ôkura Masaaki Ôkura ... Uchida (voice)
Yôsuke Akimoto Yôsuke Akimoto ... Tejima (voice)
Yoku Shioya Yoku Shioya ... Shibuya (voice)
Hideyuki Hori Hideyuki Hori ... Sakuragi (voice)
Emi Shinohara ... Eri Ochiai (voice)
Masashi Ebara Masashi Ebara ... Murano (voice)
Kiyoyuki Yanada Kiyoyuki Yanada ... Kantoku (voice)
Tôru Furusawa Tôru Furusawa ... Yada (voice)
Shiho Niiyama Shiho Niiyama ... Rei (voice)
Emiko Furukawa Emiko Furukawa ... Yukiko (voice)
Aya Hara Aya Hara ... Mima's Mother (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Taku (voice)
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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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Trivia

The film was initially released in Japan in early 1998. A year later, it was released internationally. 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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Alternate Versions

Available in both R and unrated versions. The unrated cut adds about 3 minutes, extended scenes involving sexuality and violence. See more »


Soundtracks

Omoide ni dakare te ima wa
Written by This Time
Performed by Misa
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Very good anime noir
7 April 2005 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

Based on Yoshikazu Tekeuchi's novel of the same name, "Perfect Blue" is a Japanese anime film that tells the story of Mima Kirigoe, a pop idol who decides to leave her musical group while it is still at the top of the charts and concentrate on acting. Unfortunately, this transition does not sit well with one of her fans because an obsessive person who seems to be pervasive in her life soon stalks her. Even when she comes across the fan's website, she finds that the blog entries are not only written to make it seem like they are her thoughts, but they actually ARE her inner-most thoughts. What starts out as a moderately scary obsession quickly becomes a terrifying struggle to both deal with her inner demons and eventually, save her own life.

I once heard "Perfect Blue" described as "Hitchcock does anime", which is a dead-on descriptor for this film. The character designs were slick, the music was good (mostly techno) but the story is fantastic. I honestly was still trying to guess who the stalker was until the end of the film, and the reveal does not disappoint. There are some graphic moments (one is a rape scene on the set of the film she is making) so it does not fall into the stereotypical "it's a cartoon so it must be okay for kids" label that the non-anime viewing public seems assume.

I highly recommend this film, particularly to people who are not very well versed in anime – it would be a really good way to get your feet wet in the genre. There were many times during the film where I actually forgot I was watching animation, the action and story are so all consuming. Perfect Blue gets a strong 7/10 from me.

--Shel


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,600, 22 August 1999

Gross USA:

$558,598

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$563,130
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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