We start out Satoshi Kon Movie month with the first of his four feature films. The one that people feel is Kon’s best work aside from Paranoia Agent. But does it really hold up here? Well, let’s find out.
Perfect Blue is an 80 minutes film from Director Satoshi Kon and Studio Madhouse in 1997. The screenplay was written by Sadayuki Murai and is based on the novel, of the same name, from Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The movie is licensed by Manga Entertainment.
Pop idol Mima quits her group, Cham, in order to pursue an acting career. But not everyone is happy especially a crazed fan that stalks her. While working on her first big acting job, people around her are being murdered and Mima starts to lose her sanity in the process. With visions of a girl claiming to be the “real Mima”, what is real? And what is just a dream?
The art style and animation is very gritty and realistic, and, for a late 90’s film, it’s pretty good. It hasn’t really aged very well, but it could be worse. The character design is the start of the typical Kon style that we’ll keep seeing as we continue watching these movies, with it becoming more and more refined. The music helps set the mood very well. It’s one of the few times in a suspense film that I’m kept on edge because of the music and how well it’s used. If you were to take the music away, it’d wouldn’t be as suspenseful.
|Awww.... Fishy died.....|
|CREEPY. AS. S***!|
|Blood. Blood. I love blood...|
Next week, we take a look at, probably, the best of Kon’s work. How does this contrast happen? Find out next time. Until then, otaku on my friends.