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Old 02-13-2004, 11:07 PM
Perfect Blue




Now . . .
I get up. I need groceries, so . . .
I get up. I need groceries so I head off to the supermarket. I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet because I just
Got up. I need groceries so I head off to the supermarket. I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet because I just didn’t have the time. Too little time. That’s always how it is though, isn’t it? You
Get up. I need groceries . . .

How was that for some reading? Well, fuck up those sentences up, whip them up in a delicious anime feature film, and then fuck them up a little more and you have Perfect Blue.

The movie follows Mima Kirigoe, a girl who’s one in a trio of pop superstars. But the pop game is tiring her and she wants to try something knew. So where do pop superstars turn to get an image change? Why, acting! Mima reluctantly leaves her pop group and manages to get a guest-spot on a running TV series called Double Bind with a story melding plotlines from Silence of the Lambs and Psycho. Of course, her first script only gives her character one line: “Who are you?” Her agents manage to convince the screenwriter to give her some more scenes and thus make her a reaccuring character--yet to do that the screenwriter is forced into something drastic . . . into something that'll really change Mima's image. Meanwhile, her previous colleagues - who are now a duo - are doing better than ever: they’ve made it to the top 100 on the music charts. Not one to be upstaged, Mima gets to pull off a daring scene in Double Bind: a strip-club raping. That’s when the story enters its “what the hell” stages, effortlessly blending the main plot-line with that of Double Bind (the show Mima's on). What results is a collection of scenes that constantly demand to be placed in one of two realities: the show’s or the world’s? Oh, and I forgot to mention: in the midst of all this is a creepy-looking computer nerd who’s in love with the pop idol Mima. This love doesn’t look too kindly on Mima’s current employment, so the nerd starts up a website called ‘Mima’s room’. This site chronicles Mima’s “thoughts” throughout each and every day, thoughts that conveniently hint at Mima getting sick of her acting gig and wanting to return to her music. This site, therefore, becomes a sort of counter-personality of Mima’s (the real Mima's): if Mima has trouble with her first day at work and comes home trying to convince herself that she’ll do better tomorrow, she boots up the site and voila, ‘Mima’s room’ chronicles this exact trouble . . . only it writes that she’s getting tired of the acting and is eager to quit.
Confused? You have no idea . . .

I watched this foreign diddy with subtitles, so only one thing was evident: the voice actors all did they lines realistically and with the proper emotion. That’s all I can say on that matter.

Director Satoshi Kon is quite the talent. Since he’s working in the animation medium there are certain tricks available to him that otherwise would be quite difficult to pull off: scenes melting into another time and place, a funky, ethereal chick frolicking along streetlamps (don’t ask), so on and so forth. Satoshi is remarkably adept at keeping the plot largely coherent even when it should be falling to pieces. Bravo.

The score was one of my favorites: intense beats that sometimes bordered on the rusty-pole-hitting-against-jail-bars sound that complements many of the “Silent Hill” videogames. Although the soundtrack was typically mute whenever a tune was thrown in it upped the ante of the scene considerably (especially the chases). There were also some decent pop-tracks sprinkled into the film’s audio courtesy of Mima’s singing group.

Perfect Blue has been praised by a number of trustworthy reviews, among them the porn-deprived sixteen-year-old-boy-trapped-in-a-grown-man’s-body writings of John Fallan, a.k.a. The Arrow. So do these guys know what they’re talking about? No surprise here: they do. Perfect Blue, as a whole, is virtually flawless. There are some continuity errors earlier in the film, but they won't detract from the experience even on the second viewing. And while the first impression is that Perfect Blue is simply a well-done retread of the typical “chick starts losing it” plotlines Americans have digested over the years, with each passing minute the plot expertly adds more and more layers. By the end the audience has experienced something equally unique and original.

As I mentioned above, the major detraction is the continuity errors. This is a film with a rather large plot-twist at the end, one that makes a great deal of sense--however, it can’t avoid hurting the credability of earlier scenes. None of these errors are particularly distracting, partly because the film is so otherworldly that such erros almost seem to fit.
There’s also a few slips in animation quality that are present in the beginning, though they amount to mere seconds in the runtime. Nothing too bad.

No matter what your feelings on anime, you owe it to yourself to pick up this movie. It’s an intelligent mind-fuck with dimensional characters and quite a few heart-wrenching moments (how intense was that staged rape?). Although a few reviews have completely blown this out of proportion and said it to be one of the greater movies in decades, I will still label it underrated: this should’ve been exposed more to the American public. Princess Mononoke (another anime) was inferior, yet got far more exposure on this side of the world. Where's the love for Mima?

Terrific voice work, fantastic pacing, heart-pounding score, ambiguous direction, and a remarkably clever plot make this an anime worth seeing. It’s only a matter of time until the US picks this up for a live-action remake. I can’t wait!


9/10--a movie that builds momentum in every single category and reaches dizzying heights of brilliancy during its conclusion.



REVIEW DATABASE

MOVIES:

28 Days Later : 7/10
8mm : 9/10
Alien : 6/10
Audition : 7/10
August Underground : 5/10
Battle Royale : 8/10
Cannibal Holocaust : 9/10
Dawn of the Dead : 5/10
Day of the Dead: 8/10
The Dead Zone : 7/10
Donnie Darko : 10/10
The Eye : 7/10
Elephant : 6/10
Freaky Friday : 8/10
Ginger Snaps : 7/10
Hardcore : 6/10
Hellboy : 6/10
House of 1000 Corpses : 4/10
House of Sand and Fog : 9/10
Hulk : 10/10
Irreversible : 8/10
Kill Bill Volume 1 : 8/10
Kung Pow! Enter the Fist : 7/10
Last House on the Left: 3/10
May : 10/10
Memento : 8/10
Mulholland Drive : 7/10
Near Dark : 6/10
One Hour Photo : 9/10
Perfect Blue: 9/10
Requiem For a Dream : 8/10
Se7en : 9/10
Terminator 2: Judgment Day : 10/10
Thesis : 6/10
Underworld : 7/10
Willard : 8/10


TELEVISION
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season 5) : A
Neon Genesis Evangelion - Perfect Collection : B-
End of Evangelion : A-


BOOKS
Stephen King's IT : 5/5 stars

Last edited by C-Desecration-; 09-20-2004 at 06:04 PM..
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:40 PM
This is my favorite anime, it's so fucking amazing. Holy shit... FUCK! I love it, it's what would happen if Lynch decided to do Anime. Man, one of my favorite movies PERIOD! Nice review by the way,
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Old 02-14-2004, 04:32 AM
I have it but if Perfect Blue is your favorite anime watch Akira, Ninja Scroll, Ghost In The Shell, Jin Roh, Princess Mononoke, Chihiro's Travel all those animes deserve 10/10
Perfect Blue is a super anime, it has this weirdness à la David Lynch to it and it also has this giallo style, like that.
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Old 02-14-2004, 02:50 PM
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Originally posted by Jason13thh
I have it but if Perfect Blue is your favorite anime watch Akira, Ninja Scroll, Ghost In The Shell, Jin Roh, Princess Mononoke, Chihiro's Travel all those animes deserve 10/10
Perfect Blue is a super anime, it has this weirdness à la David Lynch to it and it also has this giallo style, like that.
I LOVE Ghost in the Shell,
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Old 02-15-2004, 04:31 PM
Great film that's all i got to say loved every minute of it .It's a good film to watch once in awhile
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Old 02-15-2004, 08:00 PM
Has anyone seen the live action Perfect Blue? And if you have, how is it? I'm not sure if I should buy it or not.
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:50 PM
This movie is amazing, very very messed up though.
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Old 03-01-2004, 04:42 PM
Perfect Blue had nailbiting suspense and alter-ego weirdness that made it perfect to digest if you enjoy good anime.

The dubbing was great, too.

By the way, this is Lady Summerisle, champion of Near Dark and Hammer.
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:27 PM
Lady S.! Glad to have you back! I was wondering where you ran off to. Pull up a chair, stay awhile.
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Old 03-03-2004, 09:51 AM
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Lady S.! Glad to have you back! I was wondering where you ran off to. Pull up a chair, stay awhile.
Why thank you, count!

I think I will.

And enjoy some Perfect Blue while I'm at it.
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Old 03-11-2004, 04:32 PM
This is one fucked up movie. I loved it. I totally agree that if Lynch were to do an anime, he'd do this. I would so buy it on dvd, but its 25 fucking dollars!




9/10.
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Old 09-25-2004, 02:38 AM
I'll review this later, either way, I agree 100% with C's review (*gasp*). Fantastic anime feature. One not to be missed.

9/10.
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Old 09-25-2004, 10:53 AM
one of the best Anime films ive seen, excellent animation, great script and pretty bloody at times. i loved the story and the twists that came up along the way.

9/10
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Old 09-25-2004, 12:08 PM
Hmmm...The first thing I'd connect this to is Dario Argento instead of David Lynch. I love this movie though and recommend this to everyone. Although I haven't heard the english dub, the original japanese one works very well. 8/10.
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