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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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?
The ending is a letdown, although it perfectly sums up the entire film. It is almost perfect until it drifts over the final act. Aronofsky should have the balls to admit that his "Black Swan" was in fact inspired from this seminal Japanese animation.
Perfect Blue has been called a clash between De Palma and Argento but I'd be inclined to go further than that. The film's story and thematic elements relating to identity or life as a performance are very evocative of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, which was released several years later infact. There are so many levels of depth to dissect with this one, it makes for multiple viewings if only for the smaller details.