Satoshi Kon Retrospective:
Millennium Actress

Director: Satoshi Kon
Japan / 2001 / 87 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

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Live Screening introduced by Aaron Stewart-Ahn & Ronald Wimberly.

Aaron Stewart-Ahn is a filmmaker and writer whose works include journalism, comics, documentaries, music videos, bicycle repairs, and the script for the movie Mandy. He believes All Cats Are Beautiful.
Ronald Wimberly is an American cartoonist and illustrator. He has published several graphic novels, as well as shorter works for The New Yorker, DC/Vertigo, Nike, Marvel, Hill and Wang, The Criterion Collection, and Dark Horse Comics. Wimberly was the 2016 Columbus Museum of Art comics resident, and was a two-time resident cartoonist at Angoulême’s Maison des Auteurs. He is the recipient of the 2008 Glyph Comics Award, and has been nominated for two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards including for his newspaper comic LAAB. Spike Lee is currently developing an adaptation of his graphic novel Prince of Cats.

Perfect Blue director Satoshi Kon continues to explore the myth-making process and the deceptions and confusions that go into the formation of a star persona in the brilliant, boundary-blurring Millennium Actress. Begun in monochrome that slowly saturates with color, the film revolves around the encounter between a male documentarian and a legendary, reclusive performer, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who has long outlived the movie studio that groomed her for celebrity. Tracing Fujiwara’s steps from a stiflingly traditional upbringing through war-torn Manchuria and into the present day, Kon’s playful, ingenious narrative uses film-within-a-film conceits to give us the history of an actress who, through the roles she disappears into, embodies a history of Japan itself.