Ranked #182

Sennen Joyuu

Alternative Titles

English: Millennium Actress
Synonyms: Chiyoko Millennial Actress, Sennen Joyuu Chiyoko
Japanese: 千年女優

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 2001
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Duration: 1 hr. 27 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 25,138 users)
Ranked: #1822
Popularity: #954
Members: 47,248
Favorites: 721
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Synopsis

When Studio Ginei commissions filmmaker Genya Tachibana to make a documentary in commemoration of its 70th anniversary, he travels to a secluded mountain lodge to interview the idol of his youth, the enigmatic Chiyoko Fujiwara, who was the studio's leading lady from the 1930s until the 1960s. As Chiyoko reminisces about her life, Tachibana and his cameraman suddenly find themselves on a rich and dazzling journey through time. Chiyoko's films and personal memories intertwine with present events and stretch the boundaries of reality.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Fujiwara, Chiyoko
Fujiwara, Chiyoko
Main
Orikasa, Fumiko
Japanese
Orikasa, Fumiko
Koyama, Mami
Japanese
Koyama, Mami
...
Tachibana, Genya
Tachibana, Genya
Main
Iizuka, Shouzou
Japanese
Iizuka, Shouzou
Ida, Kyoji
Ida, Kyoji
Main
Onosaka, Masaya
Japanese
Onosaka, Masaya
Man of the Key
Man of the Key
Supporting
Yamadera, Kouichi
Japanese
Yamadera, Kouichi

Staff

Matsuo, Kou
Matsuo, Kou
Producer
Maki, Taro
Maki, Taro
Producer
Kon, Satoshi
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director

Opening Theme

"Chiyoko no Theme Mode-1 (千代子のテーマ MODE-1)" by Susumu Hirasawa

Ending Theme

"Rotation [lotus-2]" by Susumu Hirasawa



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Skadi
Mar 21, 2009
Millennium Actress is a wonderfully crafted story about a fateful encounter of a young girl and how it shaped the rest of her life. Though I am always a little hesitant about awarding such high marks to anything, this movie was one of the most riveting and unique anime experiences I have had.

The story follows a pair of filmmakers who are interviewing a famous actress who has been retired for many years to celebrate the studio's 70th anniversary. Millennium Actress features one of the most original story telling methods I have seen. We see the majority of the movie told through the read more
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kiriska
Jun 10, 2008
"What does this key open?" "The most important thing in the world."

STORY - Millennium Actress's story is very simplistic and very sweet. I'm not usually a fan of unquestioning, devotional love, especially to such a crazed, obsessive extent, but the way this movie presents things makes it very easy to like. Just the extent of everything, the lengths to which Chiyoko had been willing to go; all of it was incredible. Even better still, was the idea that we in the audience could not know just how much of it was real and just how much of it was fantasy. The lines seem permanently blurred read more
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awerture
May 10, 2015
Satoshi Kon's "Millennium actress" is a breathtakingly brilliant film. It was so breathtaking that I'm still in awe and I feel forced to write my life's first unconditionally positive review.

What primarily needs to be noted here is that it is brilliant as a work of art, and not only as a piece of entertainment. It is clearly a traditional cinema movie, not an "anime" of the type Westerner is accustomed to. As such you shouldn't expect almost any typical elements you learned to adore in the works you treasure in your anime list. It's also not advisable to judge the movie by classical MAL read more
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Hootja
Nov 12, 2014
Millennium Actress is a movie that shows us that remembering the past and reliving the past might actually be the same thing.

Story: 10

*THIS SECTION OF MY REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. Here I'm going to mostly do some hardcore analysis of the themes of the movie, so if that's not your thing then feel free to skip this section. Just leave knowing that I think the story is hard to follow on a first viewing, but if you like stuff that makes you think, then this movie is definitely for you. If you want a movie to relax and watch mindlessly, then this is read more
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Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers) seems to maintain a underlying theme in his films. The psychological - reality versus dreamworld plot lines are richly detailed and keep views guessing at every scene change. We'll see if his upcoming "all-ages" film (Dreaming Kids?) continues to follow this 'what is reality?' concept. 
reportRecommended by DarksideLuke
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These Satoshi Kon's movies resemble each other in many aspects. Both tell private lifes of the stars. It's sometimes hard to distinguish reality and fiction in both of them (although in MA, thanks to the different centuries presented, it's a lot easier than in the PB). Drawing style is just the same, atmosphere as well, mysterious, awkward. Both are half-realistic, very psychological and kept in the same style. And definitely, both are recommended. 
reportRecommended by umekichi
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Nostalgia at its best! A look at women who think back upon their lives and the effects the experiences had upon them. 
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Though Millennium Actress' narrative continuity - albeit quite jumpy - contrasts with La Maison en petits cubes' lack of narrator, the two are uniquely similar in that they are framed narratives communicated via the melancholy reminiscences of an elderly protagonist. Both stories unfold as Impressionistic splashes of recollection; the audience follows as the past leads to the present, drawn into each respective protagonist's current despondence. 
reportRecommended by qtip
Anime: Byousoku 5 Centimeter
Both are about two lovers separated by certain circumstances. The protagonist desperately tries to be reunited with his long lost love but as time passes it starts loosing hope. Both are about the true meaning of Love.  
reportRecommended by Akarioru
Anime: Metropolis
I don't think that Metropolis and Milennium Actress have the same atmosphere with each other, but these films always remind me of how spectacular anime was back in '01. I felt that they both have these type of Miyazaki-visuals in each of them with superb scripting and equal emotion. 
reportRecommended by Agnes_2

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