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Millennium Actress Blu-ray/DVD

5 star rating out of 5
2 Reviews
SKU: 826663199192

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About Millennium Actress Blu-ray/DVD

Millennium Actress is an anime film directed by Satoshi Kon.

Experience the gorgeous new restoration of what many believe to be Satoshi Kon's (Perfect Blue, Paprika) greatest work, Millennium Actress.

When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years prior. As Chiyoko recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police. Despite never knowing his name or his face, Chiyoko relentlessly pursues that man in a seamless blend of reality and memory that only Satoshi Kon could deliver.

Boasting countless awards, including the Grand Prize in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival, which it shared with Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Millennium Actress is a must-see for anime fans of all ages.


  • Publisher: SHOUT FACTORY
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Drama, Fantasy
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 87
  • Year Created: 2001
  • Release Date: 12/10/2019
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

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5 star rating out of 5

Kon's most accessible film with a new (and unfortunately imperfect) dub.


MILLENNIUM ACTRESS is arguably Satoshi Kon's most accessible film. Considering how much I enjoyed PERFECT BLUE and PAPRIKA, that's saying a lot. This is thankfully less intense and far less disturbing than the other two, and instead focuses on telling a story that not only inspires deep emotion but also doubles as a roller coaster ride through different periods. Kon, as always, manages to break down the barriers between the two dimensions, creating an often trippy experience. Available primarily as a subbed DVD, a new dub has been produced for this BD release. Unfortunately it's a mixed bag. On one hand the performances are all very well done by everyone involved, with no major weak turns. On the other hand, the lip sync is very inconsistent. Some lines are perfectly timed, but others feel distractingly off. If it weren't for that the dub would have scored much higher. Otherwise, though this film earns my highest rating. It's a must see, whether you're an Anime fan or not.

5 star rating out of 5

A thought provoking and well put together film

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If you’ve seen any of Satoshi Kon’s works then you should know what you’re in for. This film definitely has his distinct feel to it from the art style to the music. It may not be as psychological as his other works, but it’s still good and even a bit confusing in places. Like the line of reality and the films blur to a point of which is which and how much of the actress’s films are based off of her life. It’s quite interesting. And it’s one of those films that I feel like is good for analyzing in deep thought because of the themes and questions of “what do you think this means?” and “what do you think the key was for?” There’s more than meets the eye. The movie can feel a bit slow at times but I was invested all the way through and the rising action to the climax was well put together, very invigorating. I would recommend this one to anyone who’s a fan of Kon, wants a good movie to pick apart, or just wants a well put together film with a thought provoking plot.