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Summary: In this unique epic adventure, the lines between the past and the present, and truth and fiction, are blurred when a documentary filmmaker fulfills his quest to find the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, and learn why she mysteriously vanished at the height of her brilliant career. (Go Fish Pictures)
Satoshi Kon's film is about as far as you can get from the stereotypical anime film centred upon children, spectacular action or sappy cuteness. This poetic ode to old age, memory, love, loss and cinema comes close to those moments when you forget you're watching a film, so real and touching are the characters' lives. Alas, the film has its flaws and repetitions, but nowhere else will you see a collection of drawn lines that seems to possess the gravitas of a Judi Dench or a Charlotte Rampling.
Satoshi Kon's way of building and telling a story is superb. Chiyoko's progress through film and life is imagined in a unique and beautiful way. The subtle evolution of Japanese film through history is great as well. Above all, Millennium Actress is an emotional tale of love, that is sure to pull a few heart strings.
It's beautifully animated and quite original, but the extremely non-linear narrative and convoluted blending of the actress' life with her roles just left me confused. I get what they were going for, but I spent so much time trying to wrap my head around the plot and figure out what was going on, I couldn't enjoy the film as much.
With excellent animation, brilliant compositing and imaginative method of merging truth and fiction was the perfect spice to complement the restrained, longing story. When Satoshi Kon is in form, he's unbeatable.
A great concept, but the execution leaves much to be desired. The comic relief guys are really annoying, with all those exaggerated reactions so typical to anime. The animation is stiff and the acting is poor. And to be blunt, most of it is kinda boring. The whole time I was thinking how much better it would be in live action.
It is very charming and Chiyoko as a character is almost always dealt with care by the writer never played as the silly romantic fool she could so easily have been shown as but instead shown as another lost soul, just like the rest of us, looking for something just out of reach.
A great example of Satoshi Kon's innovative storytelling and how it draws you in, the same way the documentary filmmakers are drawn into their subject's life. RIP, Satoshi Kon. I would gladly trade a dozen of our current directors to bring you back.
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