Mima was a pop idol, worshiped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise. In order to salvage her ailing career, she is advised to drop music and pursue acting. A soap opera role is offered but Mima’s character is less clean cut than desired. Regardless, she agrees and events take a turn for the worse.
She begins to feel reality slip slowly, that her life is not her own. She discovers [imagines] her identical twin, a mirror image that hasn’t given up singing. Internet sites appear describing every intimate detail of her life and a mysterious figure stalks her from the shadows. Her friends and associates are threatened [and killed] as Mima descends into a dangerous world of paranoid delusion. She fears for her life and must unravel fact from fiction in order to stay alive.
‘Perfect Blue’ represents a major departure from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer. In the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock and Dario Argento, studio Madhouse, director Satoshi Kon and advisor Katsuhiro Otomo bring Yoshikazu Takeuchi’s thrilling suspense - novel to the screen, in a tour de force that brings animation to a bold new level.
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