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‘Perfect Blue’ Returns to UK Cinemas for 20th Anniversary

With the traditional crop of horror films heading to the multiplexes for the horror season, Anime Limited is presenting a different alternative to the mainstream movies over the Halloween weekend in the UK.  Perfect Blue will play selected venues from Friday 27th October.  Celebrated as one of anime’s greatest directors, Satoshi Kon’s psychological thriller is not to be missed on the big screen.

Mima Kirigoe (Junko Iwao) has a bright future ahead of her when she leaves the chart-topping pop trio “CHAM!” to pursue an acting career. When a role in a violent crime drama courts controversy and a bizarre blog starts detailing every aspect of her life, however, Mima begins to fall apart and her associates start turning up dead.

Stalked by madness amidst a whirlpool of fear and a dangerous dance of reality and delusion, Mima is left helpless and riddled with self-doubt in a world where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares.

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  • MeeGhoulz

    As long as Hollywood don’t turn this one into another wtf movie there will be hope…

    • Boydon

      aronofsky had already turned this into three different movies.

      • MeeGhoulz

        Hahahahah! …wait, seriously? Fuck!

        • Boydon

          yes. he’s plagiarized it for both requiem and black swan. i haven’t seen mother! but people who have, say that it also borrows several ideas from perfect blue.

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          • Adam Wragg

            I wish people would stop perpetuating this myth. Aronofsky bout the rights to the movie so he could use the bathtub scene in requiem for a dream. There’s very little else in requiem for a dream that is similar to ‘Perfect Blue’ except from that one shot.

            Black Swan is inspired by paranoia thrillers of the 70’s, which was made obvious by the promotional artwork for the film, as well as the style and tone. Again, he certainly may be also paying homage to perfect blue in certain scenes, but it’s certainly not plagiarism.

            I’ve yet to see mother, but again, I very much doubt it shares much similarity with Perfecf Blue.

            I say this as a massive fan of Perfecf Blue, Satoshi Kon, and Aronofsky. Claiming plagiarism is like accusing David Lynch of plagarising ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

          • Boydon

            you’re obviously too big of a aronofsky fan to understand things objectively. black swan is practically a carbon copy of perfect blue, drawing strong similarities between main characters and the emotional spirals they go through. and there’s virtually nothing in BS pertaining to 70’s paranoia thrillers because it’s way too abstract and thus diametrically opposed to the settings of said thrillers which are deeply grounded in reality of social and political mindsets of their time, so I have no idea where you got that from.

            and i never said any of these films were remakes, only that aronofsky has used the themes present in perfect blue for three different movies. obviously he’s allowed to do that since he owns the rights. i was merely pointing out his hypocrisy since he still denies that he wasn’t influenced by the film.

          • Adam Wragg

            Certainly not, and I’m fact I’m a bigger fan of Satoshi Kon than I am of aronofsky (I outright dislike ‘Noah’, and Pi, though interesting, isn’t a film I particularly enjoy watching).

            By paranoid thrillers, I am more referring to early works of Polanski, and other films of that ilk with a main female character suffering from a slowly unravelling psyche, which in turn can be seen in many italian films of the era as well.

            I’m more in disagreement that you chose the word plagarise. Any articles that point out similarities between black swan and Perfect Blue can be tenuous at best, and this could be done with the majority of films, in particular scenes such as those where a character suffering from a fractured psyche see themselves in a reflection. Cinema is a language, and directors use this language to construct films, he serves films may use specific types of scenes as a shorthand to present their subject. This does not equal plagiarism.

            If you were to argue inception, as good a film as it is, plagiarised Paprika, then I may be inclined to agree. It’s too specific a concept and idea to have not been lifted wholeheartedly from that film.

          • Boydon

            i’m sorry but buying rights to a movie so that you can disseminate certain elements and use them to your advantage and gain without crediting it or even acknowledging it is plagiarizing imo, and many would and do agree with this. semantics, i guess…

          • Adam Wragg

            Aronofsky could’ve made all of his current films as are without the remake rights to Perfecf Blue. They all stand on their own two feet as independent films. The only element that could’ve been considered plagiarism without the rights would be the bathtub scene in Requiem for a dream, as that is an exact replica of the scene in Perfect Blue, to which he has acknowledged, and not tried to conceal in any manner.

            Woman in peril / paranoia / fracturing mental state is not uncommon in film. In fact, you could argue that David Lynch’s ‘Inland Empire’ shares far more plot similarities with Perfect Blue. Even ‘Mulholland Drive’ shares a fair few. People are fine to disagree, I just think for some reason Black Swan picked up a lot of hate for being an offbeat film that broke out into being popular.

          • Boydon

            bullshit. if you can’t see the obvious similarities between the two movies and the way they parallel, it’s no use debating this any further. there’s no way he would gotten away with making black swan without those rights and not have it contested in court. and he never acknowledged the bathtub scene in requiem was an exact replica, only that there were “similarities” which is just lame.

          • MeeGhoulz

            Only way to get away with plagiarism is if you’re making a movie for Disney …

          • Adam Wragg

            I’m not saying that there aren’t similarities, but what’s more important are the differences. You clearly can’t be paying attention if you think that black swan is a copy of Perfect Blue. Perfect Blue is in my top 5 films of all time, however, it’s certainly not 100% original; very little is. What is does do is provide a commentary on the idol culture, and the unrealistic expectations put on the idol, and the the impact this has on their psych. It then puts this in the blender with a slasher film (one could even compare it to a Giallo, particularly in the use of the soundtrack over the murder scenes, it almost feels like j-giallo if that was a thing). That mixture is what makes it feel special.

            Black Swan on the other hand is very much a ‘woman in peril’ film becoming unhinged at the insurmountable pressure put upon her by those who continue to dominate her (her mother, the director, the other dancers) and truly suffering for the sake of her art.

            Superficially they share similarities, but I can name countless other films that do. I would even go as far to say that black swan is more of a companion piece to ‘The Wrestler’.

            Requiem for a dream is based off a novel by Hubert Shelby Jr. so is certainly not plagarising Perfect Blue in any way, except the bathtub scene, which is not plagiarism.

            Neither of us can comment on mother, as neither have seen it. I don’t mean to argue, I just think it is unfair to suggest that Aronofsky has continuously plagiarised Perfect Blue for his whole career.

          • Boydon

            omg give it a fucking rest. you’ll develop hernia justifying that hack.

          • Adam Wragg

            And there ends the mature conversation.

          • MeeGhoulz

            If only they had advertised Inception as ‘Paprika with guns! Lots of guns!’

          • Adam Wragg

            Haha. Nice summary of the film. Not to diss Inception, it’s a great film and certainly smarter than most blockbusters, it’s just quite obviously feels like a westernisation of Paprika.

          • MeeGhoulz

            Must confess I have less and less patience with blockbusters, and how derivative they become with each movie released…

          • MeeGhoulz

            I remember how people found MATRIX ,’oh ,so creative!’ then I saw the ravens scene that was copied from Clamp’s X-1999… never cared to watch the movies after that. Despite all that I like Black Swan. Doesn’t make me an Aronofsky fan, but at least it’s not completely stupid plagiarism with no identity for itself like ‘Inception’ did with Paprika…

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  • Barry El Beardo

    My favourite Anime! It’s so heartbreaking. Funny how a cartoon can elicit emotions that most Hollywood films cant these days

  • James Allard

    Between this and the haunted B25 (29? airplane, then) in Heavy Metal, I have remained convinced that a hard R rated fully animated film has an audience. Other than me.

  • Karanvir Kooner

    Anime stepped into Hitchcockian territory which was uncharted territory for anime

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