Perfect Blue (1997)

Beginning in manga and progressing into animation, Satoshi Kon explored the blurred barriers of fiction and reality. In wildly imaginative stories, Kon pushed the boundaries of what cinema could do. Because of his tragic death at 46, we only have these four features from the acclaimed filmmaker. Pop star Mima (Iwao) is leaving the stage to pursue a career in movies, but a dangerously obsessed fan won’t let her go easily. Though its graphic rape scene would delay its U.S. release, Kon’s debut feature has become recognized as one of the best anime films of the 1990s, both for its complexity of characters and its shot compositions. Listen to a podcast about Perfect Blue at Perisphere. MON-TUES, 7 & 8:45 PM. $8.

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