Cinema screens amine classic on its 20th anniversary

Published Sep 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

For the next event in its “Fright Night Series,” Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the Japanese anime movie “Perfect Blue” on Friday, Sept. 7, at 9:30 p.m.

“Perfect Blue” is the groundbreaking and rarely-screened first film from director Satoshi Kon. Originally released in 1997, the movie is returning to cinemas for its 20th anniversary. 

The movie follows rising pop star Mima, who has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go. Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered.

Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in the threat posed is more real than ever.

Sight And Sound writes “‘Perfect Blue’ is a delirious, culturally astute invention.” Film Journal International also describes the movie as “A must-see for fans of Japanese animation”

“Perfect Blue” was awarded “Best Asian Film” at the 1997 Fantasia Film Festival and “Best Film-Animation” at the 1998 Fantasporto festival.

The film runs 81 minutes and is rated R (for animated sequences of violence and nudity, and for brief language). Admission is $7, $6 for students and military, and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.