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Millennium Actress (2001)

Sennen joyû (original title)
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A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director:

Satoshi Kon
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Miyoko Shôji Miyoko Shôji ... Chiyoko Fujiwara (70's) (voice)
Mami Koyama ... Chiyoko Fujiwara (20-40's) (voice)
Fumiko Orikasa ... Chiyoko Fujiwara (10-20's) (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Genya Tachibana (voice)
Shouko Tsuda Shouko Tsuda ... Eiko Shimao (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Junichi Ootaki (voice)
Hisako Kyôda ... Mother (voice)
Kan Tokumaru Kan Tokumaru ... Senior Manager of Ginei (voice)
Tomie Kataoka Tomie Kataoka ... Mino (voice)
Takkô Ishimori Takkô Ishimori ... Head Clerk (voice)
Masamichi Satô Masamichi Satô ... Young Genya (voice)
Masaya Onosaka 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 Stephen Bent ... Junichi Otaki (voice)
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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>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Millennium Actress See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,732, 14 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,285, 28 September 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A visual nod is made to the films of Yasujiro Ozu in a scene where the protagonist is talking with her mother, which is framed in the director's iconic style: a static symmetrical interior shot, the camera placed at the height of a sitting man's eyes and a deliberate mise-en-scene, complete with teapot. See more »

Goofs

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

Junichi Ootaki: Chiyoko, a film director is like a painter, a painter puts the colors as he wants on the canvas. And I found a great color for my canvas, This color is you.
Genya Tachibana: [growling] Does he seduce her with a line like that?
Kyoji Ida: [while he's filming to Ootaki and Chiyoko] I should try that line.
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Connections

Spoofs Godzilla (1954) See more »

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Good storytelling !!
18 July 2004 | by CelluloidRehabSee all my reviews

If you have seen any other movies by Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers), you get the idea that he knows how to tell a story. The stories are told in a dramatic, yet unconventional way. The story is about a Japanese movie studio that is torn down. The current executive in charge gets an interview with the studio's star actress, whom has been living in seclusion for years and does not give interviews. The movie seamlessly integrates dramatic moments, with light humor and stunning visuals. The visuals are breathtakingly imaginative not in that they are exotic and surreal, but rather stunningly realistic. Where Perfect Blue is more about the dark side of human nature, this movie is about the resilience of the human spirit and hope. What is similar, is that the reality of the story is in question. What is real, and what is perceived, is based on the perspective of the viewer. Definitely a must see movie.

-Celluloid Rehab


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