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, Sadayuki Murai. Cinematography by Hisao Shirai. Produced by Taro Maki. Music by Susumu Hirasawa. Production Design by Nobutaka Ike. Film Editing by Satoshi Terauchi.
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.