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Sennen Joyuu

Sennen Joyuu

Alternative Titles

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


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 2001
Duration: 1 hr. 27 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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When Studio Gin'ei commissions filmmaker Gen'ya 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)

Characters & Voice Actors

Fujiwara, Chiyoko
Fujiwara, Chiyoko
Orikasa, Fumiko
Orikasa, Fumiko
Koyama, Mami
Koyama, Mami
Ida, Kyoji
Ida, Kyoji
Onosaka, Masaya
Onosaka, Masaya
Tachibana, Genya
Tachibana, Genya
Iizuka, Shouzou
Iizuka, Shouzou
Man Of The Key
Man Of The Key
Yamadera, Kouichi
Yamadera, Kouichi


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

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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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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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Nov 22, 2014
Millenium Actress is a critically acclaimed film depicting the life of a fictional actress in search of love. Fictional biographies have been done before (one that comes to mind being Citizen Kane) and they don't seem to be something that are best told through the medium of anime. But the name Satoshi Kon is involved, which means that this isn't going to be an ordinary portrayal of this kind of film.

The narrative begins with a local interviewer meeting a successful actress who has become a recluse since retiring from the industry. It does not take long before the plot develops. The premise for the read more
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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
Nostalgia at its best! A look at women who think back upon their lives and the effects the experiences had upon them. 
reportRecommended by madeener
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 Orulyon
Millennium Actress and the "Magnetic Rose" section of Memories were both worked on by Satoshi Kon. Both films deal with once famous and successful woman reliving their past through memories. Both are visually inventive films with great animation.  
reportRecommended by TVC15
Both have a scene that involves firebombing, and both show the attitudes and culture of the Japanese people during WWII. 
reportRecommended by MotokoAramaki
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

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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