Join us at the Rio Theatre for a Friday Late Night screening of one of our most-frequently requested titles, director Satoshi Kon's gorgeous anime, PERFECT BLUE. The film will be screened in its Japanese with English subtitles.
"Mima was a pop idol, worshipped by the masses until fashion dictated otherwise.
In order to salvage her 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, 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 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 illusion in order to stay alive. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer."
"Kon's film deliberately obfuscates, to hypnotic effect." (Total Film)
Friday, March 9
Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:55 pm
Tickets $8 advance | $10 door
*Minors permitted in the balcony! (Please note this film is rated 18A.)
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.
PERFECT BLUE "Pafekuto buru" (Satoshi Kon, 1997 / 81 minutes /18 A / Japanese with English subtitles) | Mima Kirigoe is a singer who leaves her trio to become an actress, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an alter ego who claims to be "the real Mima", until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her.