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Perfect Blue [UMD Mini for PSP]

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  • Directors: Satoshi Kon
  • Language: Japanese
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Boulevard
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Mar. 2006
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,746 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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UMD region 2 Mima is an ex-pop idol who was worshipped by the masses before fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her career, she decides to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima's character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse. She begins to feel reality slip. She discovers (imagines?) her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn't given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened, and killed, as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from illusion in order to stay alive.


One of the most ambitious animated films to come out of Japan (or anywhere, for that matter), Perfect Blue is an adult psycho-thriller that uses the freedom of the animated image to create the subjective reality of a young actress haunted by the ghost of her past identity. Mima is a singer who leaves her teeny-bop trio to become an actress in a violent television series, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pert, squeaky-clean pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an accusing alter ego who claims to be "the real Mima", until she collapses into madness as her co-workers are brutally slain around her. Director Satoshi Kon, adapting the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, shows us the world from her schizophrenic perspective: days blur, dreams cross over into the waking world, the TV show blends into her real life, until her life merges with her part and she can't separate the ghosts from the real-life stalkers. Though the pat ending sweeps the psychosis and anxiety away with nary an emotional scar, it remains a smart, stylish thriller and one of the most intelligent and compelling uses of animation in recent years. Though tame by the extreme standards of "adult anime", there is nudity and a few sexually provocative scenes, and the animation is detailed and stylised (if somewhat stiff and jerky by Disney standards). --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gary H on 31 May 2005
Format: DVD
I think it is near impossible describing the feelings that the film puts you through. A range of emotions sweeps at you once that disc is in your DVD player. Is it crap? Is the story good? What are the animations like? These won't be the last questions you'll be asking once the film starts and finishes. This movie is no pushover; it is a serious piece of work about the life of celebrities (though a bit exaggerated with the illusions and all) and is focused on one individual. Mima, who decides to have a career change. Her actions are explained but vaguely. The story revolves around her and her fans. One of the fans is an obsessive person willing to do anything to protect her image which leads to catastrophe. Mima has to combat her own 'ghost' and 'doubt', she worries about her actions and how it will affect other people's opinions like all the other celebrities that we see and thus leads to her doing almost anything to try and not disappoint the people around her.
The special features are different to the usual DVD format. It is styled into Mima's Room a website in the film. It includes a studio clip of the Cham singing and a music video with clips from the actual film itself. Interviews with the English voice cast gives a better picture of the whole plot and it contains some pretty good trailers of other animes too. Other features include links, credits and gallery.
The film succeeds in conquering the world with its influential aspect (everyone wants to know about celebrities nowadays), it is the general interest that attracts so many viewers to its attention and aura. Plus it is animated with an excellent cast of voices bringing the emotions of the situation to you strong and inevitable. No one should leave this anime out of their mind. If you aren't 18 yet then turn away quickly as the temptation to see it is overwhelming, but if you are allowed though with parental permission....... WATCH IT NOW! DON'T WASTE TIME!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Welsh on 16 April 2006
Format: DVD
Satoshi Kon's debut film is a stunning and complex psychological thriller, reminiscent at times of Hitchcock. The central character is a young pop-idol who has decided to embark on an acting career. As the film progresses, a fan website which seems to know far too much about her and a growing conflict between her old and new identities begin to blur the line between fiction and reality in a powerful and effective way. The fact that the film is animated helps this process, and the animation, generally, is stunning - despite some slightly dodgy bits near the beginning. An excellent film, which shows the range of genres that animated films can successfully inhabit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By . on 30 May 2007
Format: DVD
I agree that this is no jolly ghibli like experience but then who says that all anime must be. This is a truly deep and dark delve into the human mind in a way that is relevant and very brave. The artistry and overal structure of the film is sublime and as a live action would have won acclaim, yet animate it and people get very uncomfortable. The disturbing moments that do dipict rape are very much fundimental to the reasoning of character development and are not i believe the whim of a director trying to shock. If you can stick with this film and open your mind to see the truth of this film you will be greatly rewarded by what I consider to be the bravest anime out there. You will have to watch a few times to grasp the whole picture of the storyline but thats a bonus in my opinion as who wants to buy something that they get bored with first time through? The only reason that this is not rated a five is because I found it to be a very uneasy experince that Understandably will limit its audience..NOT FOR KIDS..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Kyle S. Donnelly on 14 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You will either love it or hate it. This is deep psycoligical thriller with amazing animation, voice acting and story. I watched this with my girlfriend we were both glued to the screen. It is terrifying on some levels and shows a side of celebrity lifestyle that would send chills down your spine. Everyscene opens up a new layer of plot and introduces scenarios that make you feel paranoid and confused. You end up feeling just a little insane wondering what is happening. The website and constant threats make Mima nervous and afraid of what she is becoming. Ends up losing her frigging mind you are left wondering who was responsible up until the very end you are dealt a swift punch to the gut. Everything wraps up in a bloody climax and its just chilling how messed up things can get. This was obviously exagerrated but for the most part its believable. Like watching a japanese britney spears on an acid trip (That aside britney spears shouldn't act ... ever!). I would call this a cult classic. Nothing in the anime world is as real and brutal as this. Giant robots and samurais just don't cut it (lol cut it). Being an anime fanboy I gotta say its been a while since I was this impressed not since End of Evangelion.

If you are tossing around the thought of watching this I say watch it alone. Its not a family movie and for some parts with my girlfriend there and her mother you'll just end up feeling awkward. Seriously get a microwave dinner and kick back its the kind of movie you need to focus on. All in all I say give it a go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. on 17 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
When a pop idol called Mima decides to leave her group and pursue a career as an actress little does she realise the affect that would have on the people around her. Some of her more obsessive fans are less than pleased with her new career choice.

Initially Mima receives a threatening fax but the taunts soon escalate and before long she even ends up as the recipient of a letter bomb.
She also discovers a website that is made to look as though she is the writer but this isn't the truth. More worryingly, the writer of site seems to know a lot about Mima's daily life.

After filming a scene for a TV drama in which her Character gets raped, this appears to have an affect on Mima's personal life when Mima begins to suffer from halucinations. Then the murders start.

This is a very good thriller with a clever story and good animation.
It kept me guessing till the end as to if the murders were the result of Mima's apparant failing sanity or if they were the result of the stalker that is following her around...or even if the stalker was a figment of Mima's imagination.

Well worth repeated viewings.
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