The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Perfect Blue

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Perfect Blue, the groundbreaking and rarely-screened first film from legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent), 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.

In this iconic psychological thriller, 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.


Perfect Blue manages, through animation, to take the thriller, media fascination, psychological insight and pop culture and stand them all on their heads.” — Bob Graham, The San Francisco Chronicle

“The characters are as strong as any you’d find outside Manga and the animation is often beautiful, capturing a sense of urban loneliness (and danger) that’ll stick with you long afterwards.” — Ross Horsley, Anchorwoman in Peril

“Kon’s art direction is pure anime, bursting with a riot of primary colors and wide-eyed females in skimpy bikinis (and sometimes not even that) ­ all adhering to the format’s visual norms. Where Perfect Blue succeeds, then, is in its smart, disorienting depiction of a girl on the edge of madness.” — Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle