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.

2003, Sony Repertory, 93 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya

Written and directed by the late Satoshi Kon, this award-winning anime follows the story of three homeless people in Tokyo who find an abandoned newborn in the trash on Christmas Eve. As they care for the baby and try to find its parents, the outcasts (a transvestite, a teenage runaway and an alcoholic gambler) reveal insights into their own lives and circumstances. Loosely based on John Ford's 1948 film 3 GODFATHERS. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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