One of the most ambitious animated films to come out of Japan (or anywhere, for that matter), Perfect Blue is an adult psycho-thriller that uses the freedom of the animated image to create the subjective reality of a young actress haunted by the ghost of her past identity. Mima is a singer who leaves her teeny-bop trio to become an actress in a violent television series, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pert, squeaky-clean pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an accusing alter ego who claims to be "the real Mima," until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her. Director Satoshi Kon, adapting the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, shows us the world from her schizophrenic perspective: days blur, dreams cross over into the waking world, the TV show blends into her real life, until her life merges with her part and she can't separate the ghosts from the real-life stalkers. Though the pat ending sweeps the psychosis and anxiety away with nary an emotional scar, it remains a smart, stylish thriller and one of the most intelligent and compelling uses of animation in recent years. Though tame by the extreme standards of "adult anime," there is nudity and a few sexually provocative scenes, and the animation is detailed and stylized (if somewhat stiff and jerky by Disney standards). --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Perfect Blue is a movie that will keep you guessing the whole time, always wondering what the significance of events will turn out to be in the end, what sort of people the... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2010 by Spikenard Very Precious
Perfect Blue is one of my all time favorite anime's by Manga. This movie is twisted with a damn good plot, it has some of the best animation and character design's you will find in... Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by animeTHC
After I saw Millenium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers, I had the highest hopes for other anime by Satoshi Kon. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by wiredweird
I found Perfect Blue to be one of the most overhyped anime's to this day. I find little about which is original, memorable or interesting in any way. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by NoMoreMrNiceGuy
Not long after i got married my husband turned me on to Anime (Inuyasha,Ranma,Berserk,Lain,Nadesico,Fruits Basket). Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Fracina Turner
Perfect Blue, I came into this anime with very low expectations. By thirty minutes in, I wished for it to end not in a negative way in that it was a bad movie, but for the sake of... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003 by Bambi Agolli
this movie is great. the only thing is it has graphic situations in it thats not suited for younger audiences. Read morePublished on July 23 2003 by Spring Sweet
This movie is probably the best Physchological-Thriller ever. Every scene gives the viewer a very vivid and realistic part of the character that makes you want to know more and... Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by "natsuko-sama"