‘Perfect Blue’ shines on the big screen
With summer fading fast, GKIDS has partnered with Fathom Events to bring anime aficionados a rare and special treat on the big screen: Satoshi Kon’s award-winning feature debut Perfect Blue (Pafekuto Buru), which has been rarely screened in the United States since its initial release.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its international release, Perfect Blue will be screened at approximately 500 U.S. movie theaters, including the AMC Classic Hanes 12 in Winston-Salem, on Sept. 6, with an encore screening Sept. 10. The Sept. 6 screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles, the Sept. 10 screening the English-language dubbed version. The film, which is rated R, contains violence and nudity – and is recommended for mature audiences.
“Satoshi Kon was an incredible visionary and remarkable filmmaking talent,” observed GKIDS president Dave Jesteadt, in an official statement. “His shocking debut feature remains incredibly relevant, with its bold view of how technology and media can mold and distort our own perceptions of ourselves, and we are pleased to offer a new opportunity for audiences to discover his work.”
Based on a novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, the story focuses on Mima, a rising pop sensation who opts to quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, which upsets her massive fan base – and drives one obsessed fan to relentlessly pursue and torment her. When Mima accepts a recurring role on a popular television series, those around her begin meeting untimely and grisly fates.
Consumed by guilt and paranoia, Mima’s sanity further spirals downward as her stalker closes in on her, both online and in person. This combination of psychological thriller, blistering media satire and eye-popping visuals immediately catapulted Kon to the front ranks of anime artisans, and he fulfilled that promise with such modern classics as Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003), the 13-part mini-series Paranoia Agent (2004) and Paprika (2006), the latter marking Kon’s final feature before his untimely death at age 46 in 2010.
“We are delighted to extend our partnership with GKIDS, and to bring another of Japan’s best-animated features to the U.S.,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “This ongoing partnership provides an extraordinary opportunity for anime fans to experience these films on big screens nationwide.”
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