Millennium Actress (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Sennen Joyu

Japan/South Korea, 2001.  Bandai Visual Company, Chiyoko Commitee, Genco, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Madhouse, WOWOW.  Screenplay by Satoshi Kon, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Reporters go to the home of a reclusive movie star and interview her about her career in this beautifully realized anime film. She recounts her entire life story, from her childhood in war-torn Japan to her stumbling into the movie business and becoming one of its most recognizable icons. The heart of the story is her romance with a political revolutionary, a relationship whose circumstances led to her acting career in the first place and whose history was rife with missed opportunities and unfortunate circumstances. The story gets a little bit too obscure towards its conclusion, but it is rich with emotion and complex characters.

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