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 […]
By Andrew Osmond. Anime Limited is releasing Satoshi Kon’s classic Perfect Blue in a new “Ultimate” edition, with fresh revelations about the film’s genesis. Spoiler warning: this article assumes familiarity with the film; for an introduction to Perfect Blue, see here.
By Andrew Osmond. Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue, which Anime Limited is releasing in a new “Ultimate” edition, is a slasher film, a psycho-thriller, and a riddle which may have no answer. In my book Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, I wrote, “No matter which Kon film, you start with” – which for many fans would be […]
By Andrew Osmond. Scotland Loves Anime in 2016 welcomed a first-time guest to Glasgow, Japanese animator and director Yoshimi Itazu. Since 1998, Itazu has worked on a wide range of anime, including such classics of the 2000s as Paranoia Agent and Denno Coil. On the period feature film Miss Hokusai, Itazu was both the character […]
By Jasper Sharp. Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress (2001), 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 […]