What is your favorite Satoshi Kon film ? His directorial debut, the tense psychological thriller Perfect Blue; the hilarious and heartwarming Tokyo Godfathers; or the whimsical and colorful Paprika ? I like all of them, but Millenium Actress, with its rich, interwoven narrative and touching story, complete with a moving soundtrack is still the one dearest to my heart.
The story of Chiyoko (the film’s main protagonist, a movie actress ) and her lifelong search for a lost love is told through a series of flashbacks and excerpts from her past films, an illuminating and fascinating journey into the world of old Japanese cinema and its various genres. (above and below) : Movie posters of the films starring Chiyoko.
Somewhat of a rarity for a Japanese publication, this book, besides the gorgeous artwork from the film, also contains lengthy, elaborate interviews with Kon Satoshi and the cast of the film, all translated in english. In fact, most, if not all of the Japanese content found in the book comes with english translation.
(above) Select panels from the storyboard. The entire storyboard collection is available in the sumptuous Millenium Actress dvd boxset.
(above) Character design sheets, always a pleasure to look at/study. (below) A gorgeous “Kumade” (Japanese good luck charm of sorts) illustrated by Satoshi Kon graces the cover. An inspiration coming from Otomo-san, maybe ?
Now I’ll love to hear what your favorite Satoshi Kon’s film is. :]
“The Art of Millenium Actress″ Art book details :
- Dimensions – 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.6 inches
- Softcover, 141 pages
- Full color / b & w, English and Japanese language
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