Perfect Blue

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: パーフェクトブルー
English: Perfect Blue
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 28, 1998
Producers: Rex Entertainment, ONIRO
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological, ShowbizShowbiz
Duration: 1 hr. 21 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity

Statistics

Score: 8.541 (scored by 374135374,135 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1112
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #284
Members: 698,230
Favorites: 19,025

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Synopsis

J-pop idol group CHAM! has spent the last two years entertaining its fans. Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and CHAM! must see one of its members, Mima Kirigoe, leave the group to pursue her acting career. While Mima's choice is met with a mixed response, she hopes her fans will continue to support her.

However, Mima's life begins to change drastically after her departure from the group. Wanting to shed her pop-idol image, she takes on a role in a crime drama series, and her career as an actress gradually becomes more demanding and taxing for both Mima and her manager, Rumi Hidaka. To add to Mima's growing unease, an obsessed fan who is incapable of accepting that Mima has quit being an innocent idol, begins stalking her; a new anonymous website begins to impersonate her life with intricate detail; and CHAM! also appears to be doing better without her. One by one, each disturbing development drives Mima to become increasingly unhinged and unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

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Background

Perfect Blue is the directorial debut of animator Satoshi Kon and is an adaptation of the 1991 novel Perfect Blue: Kanzen Hentai (released in English by Seven Seas Entertainment as Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis) written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The film made its world premiere at the 1997 edition of the Fant-Asia film festival in Montreal, where it received awards for Best Asian Film and Best Animation Film. It went on to earn additional awards and critical praise at film festivals worldwide before opening in Japanese theaters in 1998.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Kirigoe, Mima

Main
Iwao, Junko
Japanese

Uchida, Mamoru

Supporting
Ookura, Masaaki
Japanese

Hidaka, Rumi

Supporting
Matsumoto, Rica
Japanese

Sakuragi

Supporting
Hori, Hideyuki
Japanese

Murano

Supporting
Ebara, Masashi
Japanese

Mima Fan C

Supporting

Doi, Tadashi

Supporting
Suyama, Akio
Japanese

Rei

Supporting
Niiyama, Shiho
Japanese

Actor

Supporting

Co-Director

Supporting

Staff

Inoue, Hiroaki
Producer
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Character Design


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"Ai no Tenshi" by Misa, Emiko Furakawa and Mie Shimizu
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Ending Theme

"Season" by M-Voice




Reviews

Feb 12, 2024
I have watched this film 3 times and it has been able to play with my memories and throw me through a whirlwind of confusion every time I've watched it. Satoshi Kon is a genius in his ability to blur the boundaries between reality, dream and persona and this film is his finest example of this ability. This blurring experienced by the protagonist, Mima, is something the viewer is actively thrown into and experiences, entire scenes feel like fever dreams and will leave you paranoid on whether or not you can trust what is going on.
Despite its age, the themes touched by this film ...
Aug 5, 2023
Mixed Feelings
It's a cruel masterpiece and one of my favourites, though it has a pretty specific audience.

Still phenomenal.

I honestly didn't know what to expect, but I'm sure that was probably the point.

The animation was amazing, it really worked with the story.

Even though I wildly love it, I'm not sure if I can recommended Perfect Blue to most people.

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May 12, 2022
FunnyFunny
Summary:
A psychological movie that combines realism and surrealism to 'disturb' the audience and deals with certain themes related to people involved in idol and acting industry like doubting career choice and what one really wants, insanity, idol worship and actresses having to indulge in lewd activities despite their discomfort.
Its about a young idol who decides to switch her career from a pop star to an actress, but isn't sure if thats what she really wants especially after she has to taint her pure reputation by getting involved in sex scenes and nude photography. She is also being stalked by a creepy fan who loathes ...

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