Tag Archives: Satoshi Kon

Saturday Matinee: Millenium Actress

An enchanting Japanese animated film about a woman whose life is propelled by the yearning of her heart for a mysterious stranger. Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Source: Spirituality & Practice In the opening scene of this exquisite … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Perfect Blue

“Perfect Blue” (1997) is a psychological thriller anime directed by Satoshi Kon, written by Sadayuki Murai, and based on the novel “Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis” by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The film follows Mima Kirigoe, a member of a Japanese idol group, … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Tokyo Godfathers

Who would have guessed that the greatest animated Christmas story would be an anime set in Tokyo? I would have had my doubts before seeing Satoshi Kon’s “Tokyo Godfathers” (2003). Unlike the majority of Kon’s filmography, the film’s relatively simple … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Paprika

“Paprika” (2006) was the final feature-length anime masterpiece directed by Satoshi Kon, who died a few years later at age 46 of pancreatic cancer. Paprika is seemingly influenced by the novels of Philip K. Dick and films of Terry Gilliam, … Continue reading

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