Millennium Actress (Sennen Joyu)

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(out of 5)


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.


Bandai Visual Company, Chiyoko Commitee, Genco, Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Madhouse, WOWOW

Japan/South Korea, 2001

Directed by

Screenplay by Satoshi Kon,

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Film Editing by

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