Animation: Good
Depth: Good
Design: Fair
Characters: Good
Story: Excellent

Type: movie

Vintage: 1997


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The color of illusion is Perfect Blue
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Perfect Blue

Summary: >

Mima had it all. She was a good singer, and a pop idol in the group Cham. That is until Mima decided she wanted to be an actress... Then things began to change. It seemed as though she was digging herself into a hole. Her acting career which had hardly started wasn't going anywhere. Cham suddenly became successful without her - and she couldn't go back anyway, with her tarnished image she had received from her somewhat smutty roles as an actress. Then the really frightening things started to happen. A web site appeared, and seemed to read her thoughts... as if it knew her better than she herself did. And the gruesome killings that began to take place around her... Is she dreaming? Is this a role for her as an actress? Or is this a grim reality where she is taunted by a mirage of herself as a pop singer? Mima needs to sort things out not only because she needs her life in order, but because her life depends on it.

Thoughts: >

Perfect Blue captures the creepiness of being stalked, a human story of dreading failure, and happening upon a point in history where the Internet was just getting started. This film brings the three together to form a surreal juncture true to the style Alfred Hitchcock would have used.

Mima brings a lot of this together. As a pop idol, she built a career with two other girls in Cham, but decides to go it alone and become an actress. Such a change in direction in life would be hard on anyone, but the pressure of former fans intensifies this greatly. Aside from this Cham suddenly becomes more successful without her, and her career seems doomed from the start. Not even getting into the stalking part of it, her sense of despair over her situation is quite compelling.

The stalker is what this is really about though, but not just the sort that keeps sending you scary pictures of David Hasselhoff in a thong, this is an obsessed fan who knows the image of Mima better than she does. A quaint aspect of this, is Mima getting introduced to the Internet, and finding that people make web pages about all sorts of things: including her. During the late 90s this really was a new concept. What is disturbing is that she finds someone keeping a diary of her online, and knows her every move. If the level of self doubt about her choices wasn't enough, this Internet based persona of herself pushes her even father. Few titles have the focus to create a character in movie time constraints with the clarity of Mina the way this one does. Truly great stuff.

When Perfect Blue came out, there was plenty of hype, which this one lives up to. The eerie story only gets more gripping as it goes on, and with flawless often dream like execution. Suspense at its best. A good watch if you want something on the chilling side. Has a reasonably happy ending.

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reviewed by archen in 1999