PERFECT BLUE
PÂFEKUTO BURÛ
1997, GKIDS, 81 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon

The groundbreaking first film from legendary director Satoshi Kon is an iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time. Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows. Featuring strong adult content, this film is only recommended for adults 17 years and older.


MILLENNIUM ACTRESS
SENNEN JOYÛ
2001, Eleven Arts, 87 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon

When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years prior. As she recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police. Despite never knowing his name or his face, Chiyoko relentlessly pursues that man in a seamless blend of reality and memory that only Satoshi Kon could deliver. Boasting countless awards, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS is a must-see for anime fans of all ages.


GHOST IN THE SHELL
KOKAKU KIDOTAI
1995, Lionsgate, 82 min, Japan, Dir: Mamoru Oshii

Director Mamoru Oshii’s anime masterpiece anticipates many of the themes from THE MATRIX. In the near future, a sentient computer program named Project 2501 tries to control the cyber and human worlds; standing in its way is kick-ass, super-sexy cyborg cop Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team at Section 9. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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