Perfect Blue

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The first feature from the brilliant animator Kon Satoshi (Paprika), who died tragically young at 46, Perfect Blue is an exceptionally slippery psychological thriller, which is among other things, an overt inspiration on Darren Aronofsky, who "borrowed" significant elements for Black Swan. It’s the story of a J-pop idol who is persuaded to transition to acting. Mima doesn’t love the character she is to play in a TV soap opera, and the entertainment industry is revealed to be a toxic, sexist and exploitive environment, but her real troubles start when she realizes she has an obsessive online fan…

Lurid in the style of Brian De Palma and Dario Argento, Perfect Blue treads in some disturbingly murky waters, but Kon’s sinuous animation is always thrilling to behold.

"Kon recognised the disturbing possibilities of the internet at a time when most were preoccupied with the utopian, egalitarian future it was supposedly bringing us…. This is a film about a young woman driven to the brink of insanity by the stresses of the entertainment industry demanding performative emotional flaying from her, by the gaslighting of another woman who believes herself the true owner of the protagonist’s identity, and by the predations of a cyberstalker in a time before most people knew what that even was." Daniel Schindel, Little White Lies

New restoration.

"At once refreshingly original and disturbingly beautiful." Jasper Sharp, Midnight Eye

"Both a critique of Japan’s pop culture system and an effective woman-in-peril psycho-thriller." Tony Rayns, Time Out

"In today’s social media-reliant society, in which personas are cropped, filtered and otherwise masked to keep up appearances, Perfect Blue’s questions of selfhood, construct and celebrity hold more significance than ever before." Kirsty Leckie-Palmer, The Skinny