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The second film by director Satoshi Kon and screenwriter Sadayuki Murai recalls Perfect Blue, but Millennium Actress is a more complex, subtle, and sophisticated work that evokes the history of Japanese cinema. After nearly 30 years of living in strict seclusion, the aged film star Chioyoko Fujiwara grants an interview to journalist Genya Tachibana. As their conversation begins, Kan intercuts scenes from Chioyoko's films with her memories of pursuing the mysterious artist she met as a young girl. Accompanied by his blasé cameraman, Tashibana finds himself within Chioyoko's memories and films, alternately observing and aiding the woman he adores. Kon's skillful direction and subtle use of color strengthen the intriguing story: Chioyoko's memories are rendered in shades of gray, with hints of muted color highlighting the overall composition. American viewers will find their appreciation of this shimmering, spiral narrative deepens with repeated viewings. (Rated PG: violence, mature themes) --Charles Solomon

DVD Features

  • Japanese 5.1 Language
  • Japanese 2.0 Language
  • English Subtitles
  • French Subtitles
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  • Making Of Millennium Actress
  • Theatrical Trailer (US)


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  • Genre: Anime Movies
  • Director: Satoshi Kon
  • Producer: DreamWorks
  • Length: 87 Minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 Anamo
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 28, 2003
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