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Get ready for an entirely different type of anime film. This one has no giant robots and no space battles. Instead, this mind-bending psychological thriller takes place in modern-day Japan and is chillingly realistic in its portrayal of a pop-idol turned actress losing her grip on sanity as she is stalked by a fanatic-turned-killer. The director does an outstanding job of blurring the lines between her delusions and the TV role that mirrors her real-life problems — so much so that you begin to suffer from the same problem she does — which is that you cannot tell what is real and what's not.

And believe us, you won't be prepared for the ending — well, we don't want to give it away. Let's just say that we were shocked. This is fantastic example of how anime can be used to tell an adult, dramatic story that doesn't have to involve a toy tie-in. Groundbreaking and innovative, you'll definitely find this film to be far above the usual fare. Attention, Anime Studios in Japan - please make more films like this one!

Below: Anime isn't all glamor, even the best dressed characters need to pick up some ramen and a quart of milk every now and then...

Perfect Blue: Even the best dressed characters need to pick up some ramen and a quart of milk every now and then...

Perfect Blue

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, Summer 2002

Perfect Blue

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Perfect Blue (movie) entry at Anime News Network

Perfect Blue entry at Internet Movie Database

Perfect Blue entry at Wikipedia

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