Satoshi Kon Retrospective – Perfect Blue

This event took place Nov 10 - Nov 13, 2019

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Senior
$7 NWFF and Grand Illusion Members

Satoshi Kon
1h 30m


** Co-presented with Grand Illusion, who will join us in screening Kon’s feature films! **

Perfect Blue, the groundbreaking and rarely screened first film from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Paranoia Agent), returns to theaters for its 20th anniversary in a brand new digital transfer.

Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go… Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.

Description courtesy of GKIDS.


**全ての今敏の長編映画を上映する為に協同しているGrand Illusionのカレンダーもお楽しみに!**

『PERFECT BLUE』は、パプリカや妄想代理人を制作した今敏の初監督作品

アイドルグループ「CHAM」の霧越未麻(きりごえ みま)は突如グループ脱退を宣言し、女優への転身を計ったが、転身後の仕事はアイドル時代では考えられないものばかりだった。ファンも変わってしまった彼女を嘆いたいたが、徐々に女優としての人気が軌道に乗り始める。しかし、その人気とは裏腹に彼女自身、現状への不満を募らせアイドル時代の自分の幻影を見る程に自信を見失ってしまう。そんな中事務所に手紙爆弾が送りつけられたり、関係者が次々と殺される事件が発生するー


Also at NWFF this month...

Nov. 17 & 20: Millennium Actress

(Satoshi Kon, Japan, 2001, 87 min)

Filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who retired from the spotlight 30 years ago. As she recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories, where they face one of the great mysteries of her life.

And at Grand Illusion Cinema...

Nov. 15–17, 19 & 21: Paprika

(Satoshi Kon, 2006, Japan, 90 min)
On glorious 35mm! NWFF Members receive the G.I. Member price for Paprika

Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius scientist by day, and a kick-ass dream warrior named PAPRIKA by night. In this psychedelic sci-fi adventure, it will take the skills of both women to save the world…

In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini,” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the devise could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality while they are asleep. Dr. Chiba enters the dream world as her exotic alter-ego PAPRIKA in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Trailer >

Nov. 16 at 10:30pm: Satoshi Kon Rarities

(Satoshi Kon, Japan & others, 90 min)
This screening is FREE and exclusively for all current Grand Illusion Cinema and/or Northwest Film Forum members!

A special member screening of additional work by Satoshi Kon that features short films rarely seen by US audiences. Worth the price of membership alone! 😜

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