Millennium Actress

Director

Satoshi Kon

Showtimes

Thu, 02/17/2022 - 9:15pm

Cast

Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Masaya Onosaka, Mami Koyama

Special Notes

Introduced by Andrew Campana (Asian Studies)

Tickets

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Release year/country

2001 Japan

Format

DCP

Runtime

1 hr 27 mins

Series


image from the anime MILLENNIUM ACTRESS

When the prestigious Japanese filmmaking company Ginei Studios goes out of business, two documentary filmmakers (Shôzô Îzuka & Masaya Onosaka) seek out Chiyoko Fujiwara (Miyoko Shôji), the studio's best-known star, for an interview.

Chiyoko recounts her long career as a starlet, from the mysterious man who inspired her to become famous to her lifelong search to reconnect with him. Her story is interspersed with vivid flashbacks to her films, which the two documentarians find themselves (somewhat literally) transported into.

The Millennium Actress is a stark look at not only the history of Japanese film and culture, but also how these aspects of life were impacted and influenced by the Sino-Japanese War in the Asian theater of World War II.

Flixist.com calls the film “a must-see anime feature,… with an ending that will make you feel more than think.”

Shown in a new digital restoration.

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In Japanese

Subtitled

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