From critically acclaimed director Satoshi Kon comes the award-winning masterpiece, Millennium Actress. Known for his remarkable visual style, Kon seamlessly blends fantasy and reality into an exciting epic adventure of fate and destiny.
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That was really something special. A wonderful film about the parallels of art and life, and the obsessions that drive us all. This is, that I've seen, the best Satoshi Kon film, and I am grateful, as always, for his ability to always construct new ways of storytelling (even when those ways go haywire, as in Perfect Blue). What a fantastic director, who is and will continue to be missed.
3.7 stars. In his tragically cut short career Satoshi Kon directed only sterling, breath-takingly inventive, sometimes frustrating, hugely memorable works. 'Millennium Actress' is a semi-sincere whirligig palimpsest of Japanese cinema history. It's hugely clever, sporadically very emotionally engaging and sometimes hard to get a grip on. The soundtrack is predictably gorgeous in a MIDI sort of way. Do watch.
Satoshi Kon takes you on a journey through memory in a manner that is not only deeply touching, but also fascinating and intriguing. It doesn't limit itself to the story of the titular character either, offering the sidelines to japanese culture throughout History.
Millennium Actress flouts the usual distinctions between movies and the reality they counterfeit. It's a highly original work with animation that manages to capture the different styles and genres of the golden age of Japanese Cinema. And it manages to be effective as obsessional love story, homage to Japanese film traditions, biography, and a fan's love letter to his favorite actress.
beautiful. totally in love with the unique storytelling. scattered memories, reality or just mere scenes, which is which will be percieved differently by the viewer. pretty sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.
Simply genius. An extraordinarily crafted piece of melancholy and joy. This is also a tremendous and potent testimony that shows us how Satoshi Kon saw love and its always-present, yet unmeasurable power.