Post by Old Man Dream on Aug 22, 2016 16:14:29 GMT
Serving as Satoshi Kon's directorial debut for an anime, Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller focused on pop idol turned actress Mima Kirigoe finding her career transition to be a rather horrific one as she finds herself suffering from apparent psychosis and dealing with a demented fan who is not exactly thrilled with her retirement as a pop idol.
As a psychological thriller, Perfect Blue makes effective use of scene transitions and cuts to simulate Mima's apparent warped state of mind. The film transitions between different scenes of the drama TV series that Mima stars in and her actual life to mess with the viewer's perception of events, much in the same way Mima is experiencing. This makes for an effective use of cinematography as the film's plot features some horrific murders that take place throughout its run that keep viewers guessing throughout the film if Mima may have crossed the line with committing them or if her stalker did such. The film also makes for an effective mystery as despite its warped style of storytelling, hints are dropped about what is really going on and who is responsible for the murders that take place. When the ending unveils who is responsible for the murders and the stalking, everything comes into place rather smoothly if you are able to follow the hints seen throughout the film and not be fooled with dealing with Mima's mental breakdown that the cinematography subjects you to.
Outside of the thriller plot, Perfect Blue also paints a rather believable focus on the challenges and hardships that come into play with both being a pop idol and transitioning into being an actress. Unlike many anime that glamorize both professions where you become instantly famous and get to such a point easily with hard work, Perfect Blue shows off both as having their hardships and complications that can occur. Mima's old pop idol band, Cham, are clearly shown to be struggling to connect with audiences at the start of the film and struggle to find large venues to afford them the opportunity to connect with larger audiences. In addition, Mima's desire to transition from being a pop idol to an actress does not go over well with many of her fans and is a highly stressful one as she tries having bigger roles within the drama she stars in which crosses into more mature territory with its content than what she experienced as a pop idol. For anyone unaccustomed to the Japanese pop idol scene, many fans of this industry are known to have a preconceived image of purity that they tack on to the pop idols that they follow where they do not have boyfriends or take part in any sexually-driven roles. With her new acting career, Mima finds herself trying to distance herself from such notions to advance her career and this further alienates her from the fans that followed her since her time with Cham.
Visually, Perfect Blue makes use of Satoshi Kon's realistic drawing style. Unlike many anime titles that normally make all their characters look visually attractive with the same-looking facial designs, Kon depicts a wider variety of facial designs and body types in the designs of his characters with realistic proportions applied to them. While not as heavily emphasized, the animation for the film is fluid for the most part with characters demonstrating natural movement without any noticeable shortcuts or loss of detail.
As Satoshi Kon's first work, Perfect Blue is an excellent demonstration of many of the filming elements that would be found with Kon's later works with its cerebral cinematography and realistic drawing style. The film is an effective mystery-thriller that screws with the audience's perception of events taking place due to Mima's mental breakdown and the ongoing mystery of the string of murders taking place. Do be warned that the film is intended for mature audiences due to its intense violence, attempted rape scenes, intense language, and graphic nudity. Otherwise if you have the stomach to handle a mature psychological thriller, Perfect Blue is a highly recommended film to check out.
Rating: 9.5 of 10
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