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Perfect Blue

Rating:R (for animated sequences of violence and nudity, and for brief language)
Release Date:August 20, 1999
Running time:80 minutes
Cast:Junko Iwao, Rika Matsumoto, Steve Bulen, Bambi Darro, Syd Fontana
Director:Satoshi Kon
Writer:Sadayuki Murai
Distributor:Palm Pictures

Description: Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip, that her life is not her own. She discovers (imagines) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn't given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened (and killed) as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.

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