Pop singer Mima Kirigow looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery, Mima’s life begins to fall apart.
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Sometimes the greatest horror is how complicit we can be in our own exploitation. Satoshi Kon's wonderfully surreal, filmic anime delivers the blueprint for a film like Brian De Palma's 2002 thriller "Femme Fatale" or the even more recent "Neon Demon," in which 'a woman in trouble' travels down the rabbit hole of identity. Somehow Kon predicted the Internet culture and pop image factory that was soon to take off.
The reality is disappeared. The image is a copy of a copy. The image is referring to a reality that doesn't exist anymore. How is it possible for the subject to create his own identity in such a context?
elliptical editing, and the matching of scene transitions express the dissociative affect of living multiple lives at once the mass information of the collective through the individual, animation towards the subliminal representation of reality and collective spaces gives painterly expression deep and private illusions waking and dreaming a film that is not concerned with the differences but the obvious similarities
Had never seen this. The "what-is-real-vs-what-isn't" is less interesting to me than the idea of reconciling one's genuine behavior and one's performative behavior. This film is 20 years old and predates the narcissism machine that is social media but feels like it could've been made today.