Director: Satoshi Kon, 1997, Japan, 81 mins, Japanese with English Subtitles, Cert: 18
Wed 8 November // 20:00 (SOLD OUT)
Thu 9 November // 20:00 (SOLD OUT)
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession)
Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts in spite of her manager’s reservations. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima's Room’, written by a fake Mima, begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead, with all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.
The impact of Satoshi Kon’s feature debut was as much due to its unconventional (for animation, at least) psycho-thriller subject matter as its slick visuals. As Roger Corman put it in the film’s pithy publicity pull-quote, “If Alfred Hitchcock partnered with Walt Disney they’d make a picture like this” , although the Master of Suspense was never this bloody.
"In today’s social media-reliant society, in which personas are cropped, filtered and otherwise masked to keep up appearances, Perfect Blue’s questions of selfhood, construct and celebrity hold more significance than ever before" **** The Skinny
Doors open 30 minutes before film start time.
Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office
Screening as part of the Cube's #BFIthriller season http://www.cubecinema.com/programme/view/thrill/
Fans of Satoshi Kon might like to know that we will be screening his festive film Tokyo Godfathers on December 20th.