Movie Review: Perfect Blue – Japanese Anime Film

By Mr.  Barath S. (L&T RLBU)

Pop singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a murder mystery, Mima’s life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying netherworld where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares. Quickly descending into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Helpless and afraid, she watches her associates get threatened and killed by a mysterious stalker.

Perfect Blue rips through its story at a breakneck pace, and the result is one of the most psychotic pieces of filmmaking ever made. It is straight forward, but it is executed beautifully. Blood, gore, fear and mood escalates – much like Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds (1963), and by the end the movie is near incomprehensible.

While it may be difficult to fathom there is more than one famous anime director in the world (Miyazaki *cough*), Satoshi Kon is one of them. Perfect Blue was his directorial debut, and what a fantastic head start it is. The film was received well by critics, in the US and Japan alike. It won awards at the 1997 Fantasia Festival in Montreal, and Fantasporto Film Festival in Portugal. Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam even included it in his list of top 50 Animated Films.

Perfect Blue is a brilliant gateway-title into anime for more serious viewers, a must-see title for thriller fans. Highly recommended for those who want to get their thinking caps on, or even if you have your friends around for a horror/thriller night!

Complex and disturbing in equal measures, if you’re looking for a mystery that’s beyond the ordinary then it’s just what you need. You have been warned..!!

Once you’ve seen it you’ll never forget it.

(P.S.: And when it comes down to watching anime, English dubbing can be very annoying. I have got only one advice for you…

“Always prefer sub to dub.”)


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