Perfect Blue, the groundbreaking and rarely-screened first film from legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent), returns to the big screen for its 20th Anniversary in a brand new digital transfer, thanks to the good folks at GKids!
In this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time – and certainly one of the most influential, particularly on the films of Darren Aronofsky – rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show – but soon after, her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. As a terrifying stalker closes in on her, her feelings of guilt and haunting visions of her past begin to meld reality and fantasy into a frenzied paranoia – but the threat her stalker poses is more real than even Mima knows.
Note: This iconic animated film contains sequences of graphic violence and nudity. Viewer discretion advised.
Written and directed by Satoshi Kon. 1997. 81 minutes. Japan.
Presented in Japanese, with English subtitles. Pâfekuto burû – original title.
Friday, September 7 – 2pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm
Saturday, September 8 – 9pm
Sunday, September 9 – 9pm
Monday, September 10 – 9:30pm
Tuesday, September 11 – 9:30pm
Wednesday, September 12 – 9:30pm
Thursday, September 13 – 9:30pm
“Dark, disturbing, and insanely beautiful.” – VICE
“Adark and voyeuristic fare with a plot that could easily have been borrowed from one of Brian De Palma’s more lurid thrillers.” – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent UK
“Perfect Blue is every Spice Girl, Shirelle, and Supreme of yore — refashioned and recast in Bergman’s persona.” – Tara Brady Irish Times
“A rebellious cult gem.” – Interview Magazine