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Anime director Satoshi Kon has passed away

08.24.2010

Downer for anime fans: acclaimed filmmaker Satoshi Kon has reportedly passed away from cancer at age 47.

Kon started as a manga artist and graduated to anime features with the drama PERFECT BLUE, which he followed with the comedy TOKYO GODFATHERS, the time-spanning memoir MILLENNIUM ACTRESS and the TV series "Paranoia Agent".

The influential filmmaker had been working on his lastest project THE DREAM MACHINE with his regular collaborators at animation company Studio Madhouse. His last completed film was the trippy dream adventure PAPRIKA:

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1:28PM on 08/25/2010

A true visionary gone

This is a not just a huge loss for anime, it's a huge loss for cinema.
This is a not just a huge loss for anime, it's a huge loss for cinema.
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11:59AM on 08/25/2010
Kon's work smashed through the boundaries, cliches, and trappings of the average anime. He simply made great films in animated format. His films are as intelligent, emotional, & thought provoking as any great live action film. His work is on par with the likes of Kubrick, Lynch, & Aronofsky. Satoshi Kon was a great filmmaker living in an Anime world. He has always been one of my favorite filmmakers, and the world of film is a lesser place without him.
Kon's work smashed through the boundaries, cliches, and trappings of the average anime. He simply made great films in animated format. His films are as intelligent, emotional, & thought provoking as any great live action film. His work is on par with the likes of Kubrick, Lynch, & Aronofsky. Satoshi Kon was a great filmmaker living in an Anime world. He has always been one of my favorite filmmakers, and the world of film is a lesser place without him.
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11:45AM on 08/25/2010
This is so sad. On ANN, I read what they had posted about Kon's last words on his website and they broke my heart. He found out only in May that his cancer was terminal and that he had maybe half a year left to live. His final goodbye brought a tear to my eye. A visionary has truly been lost.
This is so sad. On ANN, I read what they had posted about Kon's last words on his website and they broke my heart. He found out only in May that his cancer was terminal and that he had maybe half a year left to live. His final goodbye brought a tear to my eye. A visionary has truly been lost.
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11:54AM on 08/25/2010
I just read that too. So sad.
I just read that too. So sad.
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4:18AM on 08/25/2010

Satoshi Kon

Sad news. Kon will hopefully be remembered as one of the greats, not just in anime but in film. Up there with Fellini, Kubrick and Bergman.

Tokyo Godfathers is an amazing movie that I highly recommend anyone sees. It's not your typical anime. It's not your typical Kon. But it's a brilliantly realized movie that never got the love or attention it fully deserved.

A sad goodbye to an incredible filmmaker.
Sad news. Kon will hopefully be remembered as one of the greats, not just in anime but in film. Up there with Fellini, Kubrick and Bergman.

Tokyo Godfathers is an amazing movie that I highly recommend anyone sees. It's not your typical anime. It's not your typical Kon. But it's a brilliantly realized movie that never got the love or attention it fully deserved.

A sad goodbye to an incredible filmmaker.
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3:10AM on 08/25/2010
A great anime director, rest well .
My favorite of his was Perfect Blue.
For those who saw Paprika, don't you think there was some astonishing similarities in Chris Nolan's Inception?

A great anime director, rest well .
My favorite of his was Perfect Blue.
For those who saw Paprika, don't you think there was some astonishing similarities in Chris Nolan's Inception?

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11:43AM on 08/25/2010
Nolan acknowledged Paprika as an influence, so it makes sense.
Nolan acknowledged Paprika as an influence, so it makes sense.
11:48AM on 08/25/2010
Did he really? I mean, the similarities are pretty obvious, but I wasn't sure if it was a coincidence or if Nolan had actually been influenced by Paprika. That's pretty cool.
Did he really? I mean, the similarities are pretty obvious, but I wasn't sure if it was a coincidence or if Nolan had actually been influenced by Paprika. That's pretty cool.
1:08AM on 08/25/2010

R.I.P

This sucks! He was a true visionary and genius. I am ultra-sad!
This sucks! He was a true visionary and genius. I am ultra-sad!
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12:57AM on 08/25/2010

Rest in Peace

This is truly a tragic blow for the anime community. I have enjoyed all of Satoshi Kon's works and will always wonder of what magic he would have brought to the screen had he still been alive to make more films.
This is truly a tragic blow for the anime community. I have enjoyed all of Satoshi Kon's works and will always wonder of what magic he would have brought to the screen had he still been alive to make more films.
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12:56AM on 08/25/2010

Too soon to go.

I loved Kon's work. He was only 47 and i didn't even realize he had such an intense battle with cancer. His work was amazing and i'm sad to lose one of my favorite directors.
I loved Kon's work. He was only 47 and i didn't even realize he had such an intense battle with cancer. His work was amazing and i'm sad to lose one of my favorite directors.
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11:45PM on 08/24/2010

How unfortunate

I'm not an anime fan by any stretch. I've always admired what they do, but I pretty much don't watch anime movies out of Japan.

The one exception was when I decided to check out "Paprika" on DVD. And all I could say to that one is WOW!

Growing up sketching my own cartoon characters and dreaming of putting them to motion, then finding how absolutely frustrating that process can be, that this man devoted so many years to putting together such vivid animations...I'm just in awe of these
I'm not an anime fan by any stretch. I've always admired what they do, but I pretty much don't watch anime movies out of Japan.

The one exception was when I decided to check out "Paprika" on DVD. And all I could say to that one is WOW!

Growing up sketching my own cartoon characters and dreaming of putting them to motion, then finding how absolutely frustrating that process can be, that this man devoted so many years to putting together such vivid animations...I'm just in awe of these auteurs. While America has just about let go of hand-drawn animation altogether, while I don't often take stock in it, I am comforted that the Japanese still find new ways of making it relevant. Some things you just cannot do on film. Some things, they just SHOULD not do on film.

Kon demonstrated a mastery of his craft. That he died so young only makes this more depressing.
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11:11PM on 08/24/2010
crushed... one of my favorite directors. If you haven't had a chance to watch his stuff, you have to. He was a genius.
crushed... one of my favorite directors. If you haven't had a chance to watch his stuff, you have to. He was a genius.
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11:07PM on 08/24/2010
I loved Paprika and Perfect Blue. I'm going to make sure I check out his other stuff (even though I already intended to anyway)
R.I.P.
I loved Paprika and Perfect Blue. I'm going to make sure I check out his other stuff (even though I already intended to anyway)
R.I.P.
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10:08PM on 08/24/2010
i HATE anime.. but no one should go that soon.. this is very sad news..
i HATE anime.. but no one should go that soon.. this is very sad news..
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12:27AM on 08/25/2010
whoever gave me the negative is an asshole.. what did i say? sorry i dont like the same shit u like? idk..
whoever gave me the negative is an asshole.. what did i say? sorry i dont like the same shit u like? idk..
12:34AM on 08/25/2010
Don't know who rated you down, that's kind of mean. But anyway, even though you don't like anime, I recommend maybe checking out Perfect Blue or Millennium Actress, if you ever get a chance. They're pretty good.
Don't know who rated you down, that's kind of mean. But anyway, even though you don't like anime, I recommend maybe checking out Perfect Blue or Millennium Actress, if you ever get a chance. They're pretty good.
1:39AM on 08/25/2010
i'd be happy to check out an anime movie that changes my mind. i just think its sad that i said something respectful for this man and all anybody read(besides you) is "i HATE anime"...
i'd be happy to check out an anime movie that changes my mind. i just think its sad that i said something respectful for this man and all anybody read(besides you) is "i HATE anime"...
4:35AM on 08/25/2010
I agree with kivzirrum, watch Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress. Every once in a while, we get to experience anime projects that transcend the genre and break through the usual stereotypes, and utilize the medium to its fullest. Satoshi Kon's works were definitely prime examples of this. When you've watched as much anime as I have, you can see that there is a clear line between serious art, and just plain entertainment within the anime industry (as clear a line as the one that
I agree with kivzirrum, watch Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress. Every once in a while, we get to experience anime projects that transcend the genre and break through the usual stereotypes, and utilize the medium to its fullest. Satoshi Kon's works were definitely prime examples of this. When you've watched as much anime as I have, you can see that there is a clear line between serious art, and just plain entertainment within the anime industry (as clear a line as the one that lies between a Spielberg picture and a Malick picture). Whenever I hear someone say that they hate anime, I challenge them to watch the series "Monster" by Naoki Urasawa, in its original Japanese dialogue, with english subtitles. It never fails to change their opinions about the medium. You should check it out.
9:47PM on 08/24/2010
I giving this a "hip" in tribute of the man and his craft. I was never a huge fan of anime, but Paprika was a visual splendor to watch. The animation world lost a true visionary.
I giving this a "hip" in tribute of the man and his craft. I was never a huge fan of anime, but Paprika was a visual splendor to watch. The animation world lost a true visionary.
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9:27PM on 08/24/2010
That is such terrible news... I've been a fan of Kon's for years, ever since I saw Paranoia Agent. His movies (and the show) are some of the most visually interesting and incredible I've ever seen, and I was really looking forward to The Dream Machine.

RIP.
That is such terrible news... I've been a fan of Kon's for years, ever since I saw Paranoia Agent. His movies (and the show) are some of the most visually interesting and incredible I've ever seen, and I was really looking forward to The Dream Machine.

RIP.
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9:27PM on 08/24/2010
Man this is some very sad news. He was a great animation director. He will be missed a lot. Sayonara Satoshi Kon.
Man this is some very sad news. He was a great animation director. He will be missed a lot. Sayonara Satoshi Kon.
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