Millennium Actress is a 2002 movie directed by one of my favorite Director, Satoshi Kon. He is the director of Tokyo Godfather, Perfect Blue, and Paprika, all movies I regard very highly. Plus like his other works it is animated by Madhouse studio. So I knew I had to watch this movie. Especially since it was free to watch on the tubi app apparently. Can this movie live up to his other work, or be one of the lesser films.
Millennium Actress is about an interviewer and his cameraman interviewing a famous old actress who been in the business for a long time. With the movie looking into her past and blending it with her rise to fame, her roles in movies, the present and her search for a person she loves. Like other of Satoshi Kon movies, this one of that wtf is going on type of movie. With the movie jumping from the main character actress, Chiyoko, past life then seamlessly transition to one of her movie roles, making it a bit confusing if what is happening in the movie. Is it her real life, is it supposed to be symbolic of her actual life or just a role, and just keep the audience guessing until the end where the movie comes together wonderfully. Giving the viewer a bigger scope of the whole picture. Plus the camera man sort of act as the audience, being lost on what the hell is happening, with the interviewer who is also a big fanboy is basically sort of explaining what is happening. I found that a really fun interaction that made the experience all the more entertaining and being suck into the life of Chiyoko. Which Chiyoko life is full of tragedy, but also full of the wonderful moment of her giving it her all into acting. Which also gave the movie an excuse to stick her into multiple genre scenes, like her being a samurai or a ninja in one scene, then an astronaut in the other. That being said I was a bit disappointed that I did not get to see more behind the scene, and how difficult it was to be an actress, all the step she has to take etc. They sort of glance over it and focus more on her trying to find the person she fell in love when she was younger, which I honestly did not care for that much, and that was sort of the main story. I just personally have a hard time liking love story that involves just meeting a person and deciding you are in love with them. I am a huge sucker for romance, but I just have hard time getting behind love at first sight especially with no interaction afterward. I was more interested in how the movie she was in reflect the struggle she was going through in real life searching for this person than I was of her actually finding her crush. Granted the last line from her did make me appreciate the whole story a bit more. As in the end what I love about the movie was just the surrealism of it all, and just the excitement the actress and the interviewer had reminiscing the past and how she truly enjoys her life of acting. The movie manages to make me connect with the character which is important in engaging in the story. I just wish the main story was not about Chiyoko finding her crush from the past, as again I could not get behind that story personally.
One of the main things I did love about the movie was just the transition in the animation and how the camera move. With the movie knowing how to change angle and transport both the character in another scene seamlessly and smoothly. Which is important in a movie that keeps jumping around. It manages to make the audience feel a bit disorienting, but also engage at just how sleek the movie moves. With the camera angle and moving in a way to make a scene not just more engaging but keep the flow of the movie moving. Is Madhouse Studio, of course, it looks great and has aged pretty well. Plus as I mention they did have the main character be in different movies, which mean different background and setting, with all of them looking great. Especially love one dramatic scene of the past, and just the stunning red sky and composition of the character that sells the horror of that scene. The movie was just wonderful to watch visually.
Is it one of Satoshi Kon best, is it up there with his other movies? In my opinion no, but I could see why other people would feel that way. Is definitely a great movie, and if you love his other work you should definitely give this a watch and decide for yourself. If you want a trippy look of an actress past life with likable characters and great animation, again definitely worth your time. I give this a B
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
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