Perfect Blue (1998)

 


 

The color of illusion is Perfect Blue. (Japanese) See »

A retired pop singer turned actress\’s sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. Full summary »

Genre: Animation,Horror,Thriller

Perfect Blue (1998)
   
Release Date: 28 February 1998 (Japan)
Country: Japan
Director: Satoshi Kon
Cast:
  • Junko Iwao
  • Rica Matsumoto
  • Shinpachi Tsuji
  • Masaaki Ôkura
  • Yôsuke Akimoto
  • Yoku Shioya
  • Hideyuki Hori
  • Emi Shinohara
  • Masashi Ebara
  • Kiyoyuki Yanada
  • Tôru Furusawa
  • Shiho Niiyama
  • Emiko Furukawa
  • Aya Hara
  • Shinichirô Miki


33 Responses to Perfect Blue (1998)

  1. gloria2005k
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    i liked perfect blue, wanted to know if there any other anime movies of the same genre (psychological thriller) that any one could recommend.

    thanks in advance

  2. wakemeup36
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    What does she mean when assesses she’s the real Mima? Is it solely a response to the nurses questioning her authenticity? And why is she smiling? I know it’s open to interpretation but I have no interpretation.

    The time is now, rise up from destitution

    We won’t lay down, resist the persecution

  3. Chevy_Ratt
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    I’d really like to buy this movie but I want to make sure I get the uncut version. Does anybody know if the VHS and DVD released by Manga and Madman in Australia is the uncut version or not? Any replies would be greatly appreciated!

  4. abhimb-1
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    The screwdriver went into the photographers eye, then his body and his groin.

    he tries to run away, then his back, then his hand when he tries to phone the police.

    He then he then sat on and is repeatly stabbed.

    God my knees felt weak

  5. distorted_grins
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    I love this film so much, and I think me and my sister have figured out the story..

    Mima is a pop idol. She leaves the business to become an actress, because she wants to, her reps want her to, and she believes the pop idol business is going downhill.

    She takes the role of the MPD character on Double bind. Her mental health slowly disintegrates when she learns of the website, Mima’s room. She doesn’t use the internet, so she thought it was someone actually watching her real room.

    In reality, her rep, Rumi, is obsessed with her and flipped out, as she wants Mima to be a pop idol, and she ends up believing she is Mima, and she’s the one behind the website.

    Mr Me-Mania is the second biggest fan of Mima, and Rumi tells him in e-mails, that the real Mima is an imposter and SHE is the real one, without saying she’s in-fact, Rumi.(Rumi is Mima’s biggest fan, and Mr Me-Mania believes that online-Mima, is Mima.)

    Mima ends up becoming her MPD Double Bind character, but the only person she kills is her photographer, as she couldn’t stand the degradation. Mr Me-Mania kills everyone except the photographer, and when Rumi tries to finish the job when Mr Me-Mania is killed by Mima.

    So in the end, Mima and Rumi are both mentally ill, but with different outcomes. Mima has become the new Mima, has let go of the past, but for a time believed she was the character in Double Bind. Rumi is stuck in the past, from being the biggest Cham fan, she wanted to become her when Mima left Cham. This went to the point where she saw her own reflections as Mima, while the real Mima just saw hallucinations of her original self, as everyone was pressuring her to be an actress or an idol.

    -] Horror Fantatic [-

    "She lives in the tongue, Sir. You know that."

    "The Beast watches."

  6. Bon_Jovi_chick
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    I was searching for screencaps of the anime when I came across this link:

    http://www.mandiapple.com/forum/archive/index.php?t-379.html

    Is there a live action version of "Perfect Blue" and is it released on DVD?

    (I already have the anime version so no links to that please)

    Helen

    xxxxx

    Why have boys when you can have men!

  7. joecarm78
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    I don’t know if anyone ever noticed this ( and if you’re a horror fan you will notice this immediatley) but from the looks of of it, this film seems more like an anime version of a dario argento flick.

    Think about it? it’s stylish, brudal murder mystery, kinda mysoginistic,sexual and heck even the music is goblinisque ( and the choice of weapon for the murders does’nt help either)

    I would argue the director took alot of his ques from argento films (girl with the crytal plumage, tenebre and quite possibly trauma too etc)

    anyone else agress with me?

  8. notEVERYnookandcrannyJohn
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    There’s a lot in this movie that reminded me of INLAND EMPIRE. Namely the way she kept waking up into another stage of the filming or into another dream, and the screwdriver. Also, thematically, it’s similar in obvious ways.

    Just too much here for me to think it’s all coincidence, but I’d never take Lynch as an anime fan.

    Now Playing … PERFECT BLUE (Satoshi Kon, 1998)

  9. chris-murray3
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    In the way that it really pulls no punches in the storyline twists, geez, could they really put any more shocks in either film? I don’t think so…

    I think this was perhaps inspired by Angel Heart (1987), who else agrees with me?

  10. patrick-taylor
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    Who actually killed Mr Me-Mania?

  11. markjack2004
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    I know this film is an 18 in the UK and from what i have read about it there is quite a bit of violence in the film but i was just wondering is the film really as scary as its made out to be. I’m not sure whether to get it as i’m not that keen on really scary movies but i love Anime films.

  12. OrlandoEastwood
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    I smell a hollywood remake : ( Not good.

    http://www.shompy.com/orlandoeastwood/l41721_ukuk.html

  13. Delpheno
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    Wow, I really love the music at the end credits and the opening. Who would’ve thought I’d like J-pop?

  14. Johnlindsey289
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    Which anime horror flick has a much worse rape scene and violence?

    "Oh wow, good Nyborg"-Heavy Metal.

  15. Apocalypsewhenever
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    During the strip club scene, the song playing in the background sounds like the Talking Head’s "psycho Killer." But it’s hard to make out. Does anybody know what the song is?

  16. saethwr
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    There’s one thing that I’ve been wondering concerning this film, and that’s if the protagonist was meant to be actually penetrated during the simulated rape scene, or if it was just implied.

    That might sound like a strange question, but it’s significant as to whether Rumi etc were concerned about her image in terms of ‘she allows herself to play characters who get violated’, or that ‘she allows herself to engage in hardcore pornography’.

    I know if this anime was made in the west, the answer would be the former, but Japan have far more relaxed attitudes towards sexual activity on TV (I heard the in-anime drama was meant to be straight to video, but it still causes me confusion nonetheless).

    Can anyone answer this for me?

  17. kolya-11
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    I seriously wonder if no one has noticed this before, but both psychopathic murderers (Rumi-chan as well as Me-Mania) are being depicted as having typical features of down syndrome. Personally I found this the most disturbing part of the film.

  18. kiyeho
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    I haven’t seen this movie in almost a year, so forgive me if this seems…inaccurate. Also, keep in mind, I was only able to see the dub.

    One thing I learned upon seeing films like Akira and OAVs like Serial Experiments Lain; is that usually some of the best anime is also incredibly pretentious.

    I didn’t know this was based on a novel until very recently, so I suppose I’ll have to obtain a copy to hopefully disillusion myself.

    However…to me, this film kind of went over the top trying to make itself bizarre..did anyone get this kind of feeling?

    Don’t get me wrong, it was a pretty good movie…but something about it struck me as a trying a bit too hard to be strange to be as brilliant as I was told…

    Never shall I forget the moments that murdered my God and my Soul.. —

    Elie Wiesel

  19. ScarecrowX
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    Personally it’s the way that works bets forme. There’s constant talk about Mima being two people, her the Idol and her the actress and, if I recall correctly, there’s suggestions that such a subconsious force could manifets itself with it’s own identity. I always saw it that Idol Mima was a manifestation of Mima’s regrets and loss, that just wanted to be a star. Idol Mima manipulates Me-Mania and even possesses Rumi, whow as already mentlaly unstable, wanting to replace Mima. I don’t thnik this is that random, there’s a lot to suggest this possibility in the film, in dialogue and ideas, and it explains an awful lot. Such as Idol Mima, a mainifestation, apperaing on stage and everyone reacting.

    I see it as a psychological supernatual thriller, anyone else look at it this way?

    – Scarecrow

    The Hellbound Web Hellraiser Forum – http://www.cenobite.com/forum/

  20. garethwatkin
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    It definetly seems to me that there are 3 main things going on, which through Kon’s superb storytelling style have become blurred into each other. If i put it bluntly, it is as follows:

    1: Mima is going insane, and is seeing visions of her pop-idol self.

    2: The Stalker believes he knows who the real Mima is, and the website doesn’t help Mima’s visions.

    3: Her agent is insane, and believes that she too is the real mima, and this fuels Mima’s visions.

    I’ve presented this very very poorly, so i apologise, but it does seem loosely this way to me.

    —————————————

    who ate all the crunchy cream pies?

  21. cloque
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    I missed the ending and would like to know how did this movie end. I saw how Mima saved Rumi, by pushing her out of truck’s way, and then the power went off…

  22. tinkerchel
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    in the scene when mima called Tadokoro ..who was appearently dead and slipping onto another body..who is the "other body"? looks like me-mania to me.. which lead me to believe that rumi moved me-mania’s body and killed Tadokoro shortly after..

    anyone? :}

  23. Gamegeek
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    Which is better, the American dubbing or the orignal Japenese voices.

    And is the American any good, is it on the level of Wicked City or Vampire Hunter D?

    ——————–

    From Serenity:Define interesting…Oh God, oh God,we’re all going to die?

  24. queenv918
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    I was at a store today and noticed there is a new 2007 release of this movie with a new cover. Does anybody know if there is any difference between this one and the 2000 release?

  25. morphion2
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    That there was a fat chick running round in a Mima costume, for god’s sake. And why on earth couldn’t Mima tell it was her manager? IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.

    "Blues isn’t about feeling better. It’s about making other people feel worse"

  26. donut_the_frog
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    ..my favourite scene in the whole movie, because at that exact moment, I almost started to believe that the ‘Double Bind’ actors, were actual Homicide cops i.e. everything we had seen until this point was just a figment of Mimi’s twisted serial killer imagination!

    Of course, this turned out to be a red herring too, but it made me realise how well-executed the twists and turns in the movie were.

  27. alexandergore
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    I’m very sorry if this question has been asked before, but I just can’t figure it out.

    Do you remember the scene where CHAM (with only two people) is at a concert, and suddenly the alternate, glowing version of Mima comes on stage and starts singing. Well clearly SOMEONE is there. The fans go crazy, and the two singers look at her.

    So was that Rumi (her manager)? Did the fans see her as a middle-aged overweight woman, or did they genuinely believe it was Mima?

    I’m perfectly open to any crazy theories you might have.

    -AG

    P.S. I just saw the movie today, and man, it is absolutely amazing.

  28. Billybob4412-1
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    So who exactly did Rumi kill? Don’t tell me she killed Mary Elizabeth McGlynn’s character……

    Psylocke Fan 4EVA

  29. sjcourville
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    Can someone who owns this movie on bluray please tell me if there is any english dubb?

    And also how much speacial features content is in it?

  30. Frosted-Flame
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    Darron Aranofsky would be perfect for the remake! who would you cast in it?

    Herbert West / JFK 08 (Need Help With Finding Movies? Ask Me!)

  31. faustwolf
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    Hey, all!

    After watching Millennium Actress I decided to check this out. I saw a very grainy edited version of Perfect Blue on Youtube and figured I’d make a purchase. Then I caught a few clips of the unrated version, and I must say I actually prefer the tasteful cutaways of the edited edition – IMHO, the viewer can easily get the point that Mima’s being objectified without seeing the poor girl violated ad infinitum.

    So here’s the question. Only the unrated version is available in the States on DVD. Does anyone know offhand if the edited edition exists on DVD outside the US? I suppose I could buy it, rip it, then re-encode it from PAL to NTSC so it’ll play on my DVD player…I think.

    Thanks for any info you can provide!

  32. Anonymous
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  33. Shuya_Nobu
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    Hey, years ago I found the Me-Mania theme and now I cant recall the name. Was it million bees or something akin to that? The really haunting theme that sounds like buzzing…

    The short one’s gawking at me and the tall one’s being very droll.

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