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.
Felt genuinely transgressive watching this on VHS at a teenager. I could barely process it and was disturbed by the violence towards women and, upon re-watching it as an adult, troubled by the monstering of Rumi; but if it is misogynist, it situates that misogyny within a specific time and space with such devastating precision that it performs its own feminist deconstruction. Still really troubling though. So vivid.
Perfect Blue to me was bloody madness mixed with genius storytelling. I have to compliment the editing of the film. Never once did I feel like I was watching the film in scenes. Every transition helped the film flow in a way that worked so well. Psychological films always stressed me out but this film was just pure beauty. The line between illusion and reality is indeed blurred. Definitely a classic.
This is what happened if David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, and Brian De Palma made anime together. I said Lynch because there's so many surreal/dreamy images. I said Hitchcock because I can feel the suspense when I was watching this movie. And I said De Palma because the way Satoshi Kon delivered the tension of this movie. PERFECT BLUE is a mindblowing experience. It's haunting and exciting. 81 minutes of thrills!
A lurid tale with echoes of both Lynch and DePalma. The plot is interesting but I think the short running time does the story a disservice since the characters are not as developed as they should have been considering the subject matter. Still the story is very good (although uneven) and keeps you invested. Shame that the final reveal does not really pack the punch it should have. Close to four stars!
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.
Narrazione appassionante, che mostra la caduta nella follia della protagonista. Ottimo ritmo e ben dosate suspense e tensione. Il mondo dello spettacolo viene mostrato spietato e capace di corrompere le persone. Finale intelligente e che resta impresso. Tecnicamente ottimo, grazie ad un comparto visivo curato e ben fatto. Scelte stilistiche intelligenti e ben fatte. L'ottimo montaggio crea sequenze molto coinvolgenti