Satoshi Kon Retrospective:
Perfect Blue

Director: Satoshi Kon
Japan / 1998 / 81 min
In Japanese with English subtitles

Last streamed on Sun, Aug 9

Live Screening introduced by Susan Napier, the Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric and Japanese Studies at Tufts University. She has published five books on Japanese culture, with a focus on Japanese animation.

Rising J-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, and when she takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, her handlers and collaborators suddenly begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt, haunted by visions of her former self, and hunted by a stalker who grows ever nearer, Mima succumbs to a frenzied paranoia blurring reality and fantasy. Satoshi Kon’s surreal animated psychological thriller, based on a novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, is a justly lauded, mind-bending journey that keeps you guessing right up to the unbelievable, gory climax.