[Anime]Millenium Actress (Sennen Joyu)

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Anime total pnts rank Rank 457in 6,556 titlesTotal 66 / Deviation 58.44
Anime avg pnts Rank 964in 2,891 titlesAvg 1.12=Good/59 reviews
Anime rank of 2002 Rank 26in 160 titles
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Graphic1.89(Very good)9
Made me think33%3/9
Learned something11%1/9
Hot heart0%0/9
Shed tears0%0/9

The narrative style is complex and interwoven in the style of "play within a play".
The film depicts a director, Genya Tachibana, who is working on a documentary about a famous actress, Chiyoko Fujiwara. In her old age, Chiyoko has withdrawn from public life, but Tachibana slowly draws her out. As he talks to her, the story of her life, from teenage schoolgirl to middle-aged superstar, gradually unfolds, illustrated through flashbacks interspersed with segments from her films. Her life spans the tumultuous period surrounding World War II, while her characters in movies span a time period from the Sengoku period to a futuristic space age.

As a child in the 1930s, at the time of the fascist government, Chiyoko helps a dissident artist escape from the military. She becomes attracted to him; however, the next day he is forced to flee again. She finds that he has left behind a key to his suitcase of art supplies and she becomes an actress to travel to different lands in the hopes of finding him and returning the key. Although she never finds her lost love, she insists on continuing the search. At the end of the film, it is revealed that Chiyoko's love had already been caught and tortured to death by the military. Tachibana knew this, but has never been able to tell Chiyoko. As Chiyoko finishes her story, an earthquake occurs, injuring her. Tachibana takes her to the hospital, where she reveals that "it was chasing after him" that she truly loves. It is implied that she dies at the end of the movie, continuing her quest to find him in the next life.

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Satoshi Kon
Ike Nobutaka
Masafumi Mima
Fumiko Orikasa Mami Koyama Miyoko Soji Shouzo Iiduka Masaya Onosaka Koichi Yamadera Hirotaka Suzuoki
Masane Tsukayama Hisako Kyouda Masamichi Sato Takko Ishimori Shoko Tsuda
Kan Tokumaru Tomie Kataoka
Japan Released:2002/09/14(Sat) Movie
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2004/08/16 Best(+3 pnt) [Edit/Delete/Suggest to delete/Show only this review or post sympathy comment/]
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Not many people seem to care about this film enough. It's definitely one of Kon, Satoshi's best directed works. The film gives you a sense of realism, the way the characters interact with one another and the way the events happened in the film *can* actually happen. The main character, Chiyoko, really shines in this film and she's a wonderful and likable person. One of my favorites.

2004/07/19 Best(+3 pnt) [Edit/Delete/Suggest to delete/Show only this review or post sympathy comment/]
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A beautifully crafted, intelligent homage to the history of cinema, wrapped around a stirring love story. Chiyoko is a wonderfully nuanced, complex character, and goofy, well-meaning, and ultimately heroic Genya is a heartening portrayal of the fan as a positive influence in life. This is the sort of movie that makes you forget these are characters and not real people.

I can't recommend this movie enough.

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