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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Chiyoko Millennial Actress
Japanese: 千年女優
English: Millennium Actress
German: Millenium Actress
Spanish: Millennium Actress
French: Millennium Actress
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 2002
Licensors: Eleven Arts, DreamWorks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, ShowbizShowbiz
Duration: 1 hr. 26 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.251 (scored by 7125971,259 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2772
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1234
Members: 156,319
Favorites: 2,168

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At the turn of the millennium, Ginei Studio's dilapidated buildings are set to be demolished. Ex-employee and filmmaker Genya Tachibana decides to honor this occasion with a commemorative documentary about the company's star actress: Chiyoko Fujiwara, the reclusive sweetheart of Shouwa Era cinema. Having finally obtained permission to interview the retired starlet, an enamored Genya drags along cynical cameraman Kyouji Ida to meet her, ready to put his lifelong idol back in the spotlight once more.

Hidden in this secluded mountain retreat is a thousand years of history condensed into one lifetime, waiting to be narrated. Chiyoko's recollections take them on an illusionary journey through Japanese cinematic history that transcends the boundaries of reality; the saga of her acting career intertwines with her filmography, the actors in her life blend seamlessly with the characters on screen, and the present melds with the past. Though the actress may have retired at the height of her career 30 years ago, the curtain on her life's stage has yet to fall.

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The film won the awards of Best Animation Film and Fantasia Ground-Breaker at the 2001 Fantasia Film Festival. It was also awarded the Feature Film Award at the 8th Animation Kobe. In 2002, it won the prestigious Ofuji Noburo Award at the Mainichi Film Awards, and was honored with the Orient Express Award at the 2001 Festival de Cine de Sitges in Spain. The film was nominated for four Annie Awards in 2004, including Outstanding Direction and Writing.

Characters & Voice Actors


Maki, Taro
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Screenplay, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Murai, Sadayuki


Opening Theme

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"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

Mar 21, 2009
Skadi (All reviews)
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
Feb 15, 2020
Preachee (All reviews)
Minor spoilers ahead.

Millennium Actress is a film that can easily be called great. It is outwardly audacious and seemingly gorgeous in nature.

Though frankly, Millennium Actress comes across as something that would be praised as long as the aesthetics are nice, the plot is convoluted and that it is directed by Satoshi Kon. As ridiculous as it might sound, this is a genuine statement after coming to a conclusion: the movie's fans are often completely oblivious of any criticisms, and their belief that this movie is a magnum opus will not change due to the mentioned reasons. Of course, about the said belief, I beg to read more
Jun 10, 2008
kiriska (All reviews)
"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
Jul 16, 2017
Fleure (All reviews)
The camera zooms towards a slowly-expanding earth from the eyes of the outer Celestials; it glides closer and closer until finally reaching stasis on a face bidding goodbye to her present domain.

As liftoff begins, the heroine speaks her last lines as the shot fades from the heart-clenching scene to a cluttered office, where one man watches the same scene on his little desk-television. Interrupted by the call of his coworker, he rewinds the tape and the one scene changes into a montage of the actress’s life - in reverse.

These scenes and the actress in them, the man watching the actress, and the co-worker beckoning the read more

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