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Millennium Actress

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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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Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 2002
Licensors: Eleven Arts, DreamWorks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, HistoricalHistorical, ShowbizShowbiz
Duration: 1 hr. 26 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.251 (scored by 8545485,454 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #3192
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1274
Members: 188,322
Favorites: 2,671

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Synopsis

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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Staff

Maki, Taro
Producer
Hirao, Takayuki
Assistant Producer
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Original Creator, Character Design, Screenplay
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director


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Opening Theme

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

"Rotation [lotus-2]" by Susumu Hirasawa




Reviews

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 ...
Aug 23, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Minor spoilers ahead.


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

Though in reality, Millennium Actress seems like it would be praised as long as the aesthetics are nice, the plot is not straightforward and that it is directed by Satoshi Kon. Not only are the fans often completely oblivious of any criticisms, but their belief that this movie is a magnum opus also won't change because of what was mentioned (as ridiculous as it sounded). About it being a faultless masterpiece, I beg to differ.

The story is downright average and uninspiring. That said, the ...
Oct 22, 2021
FunnyFunny
Have you guys watched the same movie as i???
The movie i watched 10 minutes ago was 1:26Hrs of this "INCREDIBLE" PLOTLINE: A old woman tells her "stupendous" love (i think?????) story, she was in her likely 16 when she meets an OUTLAW, TAKES HIM HOME, TAKES CARE OF HIM (WITHOUT ASKING NAME OR ANYTHING), in the other day he leaves... AND SHE SPENDS HER ENTIRE LIFE LOOKING FOR THIS GUY. Alright, this is the plot.. Repeated for more than A HOUR. But hey, the "aesthetic" its great and pseudo-cult likely, and this PIECE S*, sorry, this plot is repeated in various scenarios, i ...

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