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Title (English) Perfect Blue
Title (Japanese) Perfect Blue

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Fantasy Novel

Notes Movie, 82 mins. Based on the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. Directed by Satoshi Kon.
UK: Manga Video, 14.99, cert.18, 90 mins.
Classification -
Synopsis This is an adaptation of a mainstream novel, which is quite unusual for anime. Mima, an idol singer, from a none too successful three-girl group, Cham, quits the group under pressure from her management, who think she would make more money as an actress, and lands a minor role in a TV series. Her former fans are not pleased, and as her TV role and public image become sleazier, she finds that she is the target of a stalker. An Internet site describes every detail of her life. Her associates are threatened and killed. This is a gripping drama that gives some insights into the Japanese entertainment industry.
Review This is a most unusual anime, with a striking live-action look and feel. Seems that every viewer has a different interpretation of this movie. There are many layers of illusion. A must-see.
Credits Character design: Hideki Hamazu, Satoshi Kon.
Art Director: Nobutaka Ike.
Executive Producers: Koshiro Kando, Yuichi Tsurumi.
General Producer: Takeshi Washitani.
Director: Satoshi Kon.
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Date 1997
Production Madhouse, Oniro
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