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Perfect Blue (1997)

Pâfekuto burû (original title)
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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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Satoshi Kon

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Sadayuki Murai (screenplay), Yoshikazu Takeuchi (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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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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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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Perfect Blue See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,600, 22 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$112,536, 26 December 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 amount of blood, sex and violence. -the main character is sent a threat. With Mima it's a fax and with Nina it's on the mirror of the lady's toilets. -Both film titles contain colours. See more »

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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

[Last line]
Mima Kirigoe: No, I'm the real thing.
[smiles]
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Referenced in Tokyo Godfathers (2003) 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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Third greatest anime of all time!
11 June 2001 | by dogg01See all my reviews

On the cover of this film, Roger Corman is quoted as saying "If Alfred Hitchcock partnered with Walt Disney they'd make a picture like this." He couldn't be more right.

The story is about a pop idol Mima, who is sheding her squeaky-clean image for that of an actress. Along the way, she is raped onscreen for a sleazy television show, and does a nude shoot for a men's magazine. This makes her dirty, as her old self tells her. She finds a web site detailing every intimate little detail in her life, and believes that she is being stalked by a strange man. Her personality splits in two, into herself and her old, clean, self which tries to murder her. While she is battling her old self, all of those who contributed to her downfall are being grusomely murdered.

This movie has been critisized by others on this very site, saying that the film was boring in the first 40 minutes. How wrong they are. In Hitchcock's films, (take Psycho for example) he builds up character for the first half-hour until the slashing. This does the same, because if we were not built up to believe that Mima's character is not real-i.e 3-dimensional, then we would feel no sense of loss and disorientation when all hell breaks loose in Mima's life (and the editing room).

A first class film with twists all the way. Should be seen by any movie fan with a mature mind. Even though it will probably collect dust in the anime section of the video store.

5/5

Only beaten in the anime stakes by Ghost in the Shell (2nd) and Akira (1st). Pure genius.


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