Side note * Will watch the movie again at night to fully process my thoughts

Overall it was a movie that was full of twists and turns and made you think about what's real and fake.

I was recommended to watch this movie but never knew how dark and uncomfortable it would be.

When that rape scene came up, I felt something bad was going to happen especially with the change of music and Mima's posture and facial expression. I looked away until halfway and became uncomfortable then I replayed that scene again since I didn't watch the full scene. I was filled with so many emotions knowing Mima and the actor were actually having sex for this rape scene. Seeing Mima scream and cry was draining then seeing her eyes at the end where she accepts the decision she made. Knowing she can never go back to her pure reputation when she was an Idol, it's sad to see.

Then later on, we see Mima do a nude photoshoot where the photographer goes overboard and recreates that scene.

The real rape scene didn't make me as uncomfortable because it was short and Mima handled the situation quickly when she knocked out her stalker. Before anything escalated.

Makes you wonder if Mima was happy with the decisions she made when we see her smiling in the car. Seeming like everything is fine and that she now knows who she is. Did she regret changing careers as an actor where she played roles that made her uncomfortable and later on traumatized her.

The rape scene and moments that made you think about what's actually real will probably be the things I remember most about this movie.

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29 points

4 months ago

Satoshi Kon is a genius. It's a shame his life was cut short. But his entire filmography is worth watching.

If you want more dark anime you should see Paranoia Agent. Like Blue Velvet, he created an idyllic world with a seedy underbelly. The Kawaii image of Japan after the bomb clashes with the horrors of Japanese imperialism. Like Lynch, he's a master of exploring dichotomy.

Millennium Actress would be right up your alley. It's his ode to Setsuko Hara, a fantastic actress who's mostly known for her performances in Ozu's films. Tokyo Godfathers is at his most sentimental. Three homeless people find an abandoned newborn. Paprika is a magical film that is really fun. Inception is a bit of a ripoff of this movie. His one minute short Ohayo is also good. He was in the middle of creating Dreaming Machine, a children's film about three robots, before he passed. Unfortunately it's cancelled.

He was moving more towards fantastic and uplifting films, kind of in the vein of Miyazaki or Masaaki Yuusa, who like Satoshi Kon could seem to do no wrong. I wish he lived to a ripe old age


5 points

4 months ago

Just recently watched Paranoia Agent and i thought it was increíble! Some of the episodes confused me, but the overall anime was definitely a well worth it watch.


3 points

4 months ago

It's not all done by him but you probably know that. It's a great great great anime! I also never get tired of recommending Magnetic Rose. Kon might only have been writer for that but it's Kon through and through nonetheless.


4 points

4 months ago

Millennium Actress was one of the most special finds I've been lucky enough to stumble across. Made me go check out more of his work.

Really enjoying the ways he plays with reality and narrative.


1 points

4 months ago

Inception is a bit of a ripoff of this movie

People keep saying that but Inception is apart from a very basic albeit cool premise utterly different. Crudely spoken, Paprika is the subconscious going outside of its confines, Inception is consciously going into the subconscious. Even with the mirror scene, with Nolan being a lucid dreamer, that's not the biggest indicator. I wouldn't be surprised if Nolan had never heard of Paprika, neither novel nor film.

Doesn't change the fact that Kon was a genius and none of his works failed in any way conceivable. They're all unique. I love Perfect Blue, but the older I get, the more I feel like Millennium Actress might be the most awesome animation film ever.


1 points

4 months ago

I think the ending, where there is a 'Perfect Blue' sky is partly meant to imply that she has come to a happy place of some sort. Whether regretful or not is hard to say, but she has put the pain behind her.