Join the free post-film discussion on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. from Adam Manfredi, PhD candidate in Japanese literature and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis.
(Satoshi Kon, 1997, Japan, 81 minutes)
Serving as Kon’s enthralling debut feature and also his best known, Perfect Blue is a staple in popular culture and a stunning cinematic feat in psychological horror. Based loosely on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, protagonist Mima struggles to determine her place in the entertainment industry, differentiate realities, and preserve her own sanity and safety in this thriller. Employing unreliable narration and a compelling female lead, Perfect Blue put Kon on the map and gave way to critical praise that would stand out across his entire body of work.
Perfect Blue is available to watch for free with many public library cards through Hoopla (subject to change). Alternatively, it can be rented digitally on most platforms for $2-4.