Perfect Blue

1 t 21 min  |  Animaatio, Event cinema  |  Ensi-ilta: 11.9.2018

Originaali japaninkielinen versio, tekstitys englanniksi.

Esitykset tiistaina 11.9. klo 17.00 Helsingissä (Tennispalatsi), Jyväskylässä, Kuopiossa, Oulussa, Tampereella (Plevna) ja Turussa. Uusintaesitykset tiistaina 18.9. klo 20.00 (Hki, Tre, Tku).

Mima was a pop idol, worshiped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn't given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analyzing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.

Satoshi Kon is a filmmaker who relishes the opportunity to pull the rug out from under audiences and give them what they least expect, he has stood as a skilled, highly original, and talented figure in a world overpopulated by giant mecha and menacing tentacled beasties. Kon's films are alternately haunting, thought-provoking, and oddly endearing, and are a must-see for anyone who has simply dismissed animation as child's play or fan-boy fodder.

Without Satoshi Kon's work, Neo might never have taken the red pill, and the post-Matrix rash of Hollywood films dealing with subjective reality – Fight Club, Inception, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan – might never have tumbled down the rabbit-hole and on to our screens. So why aren’t we seeing more tributes to his art?

    

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