The late, great Satoshi Kon graced us with many amazing animated works during his life, including the noir thriller Perfect Blue, Christmas miracle movie Tokyo Godfathers, the nightmarish mystery television show Paranoia Agent, and the sci-fi dreamscape Paprika (his last film). Well good news anime and film fans, Kon’s second film, Millennium Actress, is now available FOR FREE on YouTube. It’s made available online through The Paramount Vault, a YouTube channel devoted to showcasing their entire history of classics from the beginning of cinema history ’til today.
For the uninitiated, Millennium Actress follows two documentary filmmakers into the mind and memory of now retired film star Chiyoko Fujiwara, reliving key moments in a surreal way that’ll make you scratch your head with an aching heart. It’s a surreal and beautiful piece of filmmaking from an animation legend. What am I doing still talking, just drop everything you’re doing and watch it now.
What Satoshi Kon film is your favorite? If you could go into the mind of any actor, who would it be? Let us know in the comments below and tell us what you think of Millennium Actress!
header image by Satoshi Kon