Special Japanimation screening
The Festival invites you to discover or re-discover the newly-restored version of Perfect Blue, an animated film for adults, directed by Satoshi Kon. If Kon’s more recent films, such as Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers, continue to impact on the works of Christopher Noland and Daren Aronowsky, none have the cult status of Perfect Blue, a palpitating thriller à la Hitchcock / De Palma. Adapted from Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s novel on a shoestring budget, and designed to be a strait off video release, Perfect Blue has become a benchmark for films that take a hard, acid-eyed look at contemporary Japanese society.
Perfect Blue – 1997
Mima, a pop star idol decides to leave her famous girls band to star in a TV series, leaving her fans despondent. Her life then turns into a living nightmare: she receives threats on the Internet, and unsettling events interfere with her plans. Mima and those around her are plagued by hallucinations, more threats and murder.
Perfect Blue is a brutal descent into the life of teen idols and their fans, particularly intense in Japan. Satoshi Kon constantly blurs the line between reality and hallucination with brio, keeping viewers in a state doubt.
Version: in Japanese, subtitled in French
Director: Satoshi Kon
Scenario: Sadayuki Mukai, d’après l’œuvre de Yoshikazu Takeuchi
Producer: Washitani Takeshi
Music: Masahiro Ikumi
Cinematography: Hisao Shirai
Animation and visual effects: Hiroyuki Morita
With the voices of Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji