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Film REVIEW #SLA: Millennium Actress (2001) - ★★★★★

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

Director: Satoshi Kon

Writer: Sadayuki Murai, Satoshi Kon

Stars: Mami Koyami, Fumiko Orikasa, Hirotaka Suzouki, Hisaka Kyodo, Koichi Yamadera, Masane Tsukayama.

Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Themes: Female Protagonist, Movie Star, Lost Love

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.


Jasmine (Age 15) - ★★★★★

"A tale of first love and its endearing hope. Directed by Satoshi Kon, Millenium Actress smoothly blends the past of Miss Chiyoko Fujiwara- an aging actress- with the movies she has starred in as she reveals her past to two documentarians. The transitions in these scenes are breathtaking (something Kon is particularly known for) as he edits together seemingly unrelated pieces which fit into the wider story.

From paying homage to Japanese cinema throughout the 20th century to its universal themes of love and longing, “Millenium Actress” is a movie everyone should put on their bucket list!"

Stewart - ★★★★★

"A bit of a wild ride this one, a famous elderly woman reaccounts her career as an actress and how the themes for each role she has played has tied into her own life. It's a brilliant concept which plays out in a unique way and you get swept up into this dreamlike cinematic epic tale of searching for a lost love."

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Like this? Try these!....

  1. Inside Out (2015) - #150 - ★★★★

  2. Coraline (2009) - #180 - ★★★★

  3. Steamboy (2004) - #228 - ★★★★

  4. 9 (2009) - #524 - ★★★

  5. Lilo & Stitch (2002) - #525 - ★★★

  6. One Piece (1999 TV) - n/a

  7. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009 TV) - n/a

  8. Memories (1995) - n/a

  9. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 TV) - n/a

  10. Naruto: Shippuden (2007 TV) - n/a

There's strong female protagonists to be found in other animated films with surreal touches such as Inside Out, Coraline and Lilo & Stitch. The voice cast have appeared in many other animes including Steamboy and TV series One Piece, Fullmetal Alchemist and Naruto: Shippuden. Director Satoshi Kon was also a writer of one of the stories in another anime classic, Memories. Finally find another strange tale of a mystical key in 9.

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