Tag: Satoshi Kon

January 21, 2021 · 0 comments

Ghost Memories

Ghost Memories

By Andrew Osmond. “The story of a legendary actress talking about her life. Confusion clouds her memory and her old roles come into play to create an eventful tale.” According to the official Japanese tie-in book to Millennium Actress, Chiyoko Millennial Actress, from which much of the information below is taken, this was the original […]

December 28, 2020 · 0 comments

Millennium Actress & Japanese Film

Millennium Actress & Japanese Film

By Jonathan Clements. Millennium Actress comes loaded to the brim with references to Japanese film, although many of them, perhaps for legal reasons, have been tweaked a little so as not to be blatant hommages. So it is that we see leading lady Chiyoko with a robotic lizard, evocative of the iconic Godzilla, but not […]

December 16, 2020 · 1 comment

Millennium Actress and History

Millennium Actress and History

By Jonathan Clements. The approach of the year 2000 was fraught with a sense of commemoration and closure. Various media tried to put a cap on Japan’s last ten turbulent decades. On television, for example, the TBS mini-series 100 Years: The Story of One Century (2000) would chronicle the experiences of a group of Japanese […]

February 12, 2020 · 1 comment

Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

By Jasper Sharp. Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress uses its heroine to explore themes of subjectivity and spectatorship, with a topic that might at first seem better suited to live action. In all those elements, it bears some similarities with his debut feature Perfect Blue (1997), which pitched the viewer into the fragmenting worldview of a retired […]

April 27, 2019 · 0 comments

Kon on Perfect Blue

Kon on Perfect Blue

By Andrew Osmond. “Perfect Blue is a very twisted film. Please keep in mind that (this) will be my personal interpretation and it is not necessarily the right way to interpret the film.” So begins the video talk by director Satoshi Kon included on the Perfect Blue Ultimate Edition. Recorded around 2007, the video shows […]

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