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Millennium Actress (2001)Millennium Actress (2001)

Millennium Actress (2001)

An elderly actress recounts her life through films

Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9

movie

Japan

Japanese

Discussion-sparking, Dramatic, Mind-blowing

2001

Satoshi Kon

Fumiko Orikasa, Hisako Kyoda, Koichi Yamadera

87 min

Synopsis

Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not have imagined that it would not only unlock the long-held secrets of Chiyoko’s life... but also his own.

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7.9
Gerald Cajayon

Millennium Actress, from famed animation director Satoshi Kon, is about lives lived and unlived. It follows Chiyoko Fujiwara, an actress from Japan’s golden age of cinema, as she recounts her life to two documentarians making a film about the history of the now-defunct Ginei Studios. Kon employs a metafilm narrative approach, framing Chiyoko’s lifelong search for her great love through the movie roles she has played, all interweaved through Kon’s stunning genre switches and signature match cuts. Millennium Actress poignantly explores the bittersweet irony of “larger-than-life” cinema, how it can contain a multitude of lifetimes and still be lacking, and how films serve as extensions of memories and yearning.

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