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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

Writers:

Satoshi Kon (original story), Sadayuki Murai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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

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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 »

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The length of the key changes several times. See more »

Quotes

Kyoji Ida: The crazy old biddy! Hiding herself away like she's some kind of hermit!
[Genya slams a bag into his face]
Genya Tachibana: Next time I kill you.
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Referenced in Anime Abandon: Perfect Blue (2012) See more »

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a fight for love at its best
7 November 2005 | by nobbytatoesSee all my reviews

Genya Tachibana is a TV documentary maker and has tracked down his favourite actress; Chiyoko Fujiwara. On interviewing her Genya presents her with an object she had lost long ago; a key. From there we are transported through time and see Chyoko story about lost love and her struggle to find it. The key belonged to a man she meet when she was young. He was a rebel on the run and Chiyoko gave him shelter. He gave her the key as a thank-you. When he disappears she sets out to find this man. Still young, Chiyoko is approached by a film maker to star in his new film; she accepts and sees this as a chance to find mysterious man. She become a huge success, but she is always empty, never finding the man she loves.

Satoshi Kon has created a wonderful film about the lose of love and the extraordinary lengths one woman will go to find it. What makes this an interesting watch is that when we go into Chiyoko's past, Genya and his camera man also walk around in her past; interacting with people. But its just not a trek through her past, her memories meld with the movies she has made; as the movies parallel her life on her journey of finding her love, but also time in history. The scenes we see are from the movies she has made, but the story is her own life; her reality and her imagination have just crashed into one another.

The animation here is just visually amazing. Satoshi Kon's character designs are so unique they set themselves apart from another animations. All the backgrounds are so detailed and textured. What i find great is that Satoshi Kon adds that tiny bit of surrealism; adding more dimension and thought, here its how Chiyoko's memories meld into the movies she's starred in. Satoshi's script is so deep and full of angst. Its hard to watch this woman on her quest for love always failing; yet she blindly keeps going no matter what.

At great movie about the journey of love and how its never ending; in this world and the next.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

14 September 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,732, 14 September 2003

Gross USA:

$262,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,891
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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