SATOSHI KON RETROSPECTIVE

Born in Hokkaido in 1963, he graduated from Musashino Art University in graphic design. He authored the manga “Tropic of the Sea” in 1990 and “World Apartment Horror” in 1991, both published by Kodansha. He transitioned to the animation world and made his feature film debut as a director with “Perfect Blue”. He continued on with acclaimed original films  “Millennium Actress” in 2002, “Tokyo Godfathers” in 2003 and the TV series “Paranoia Agent” in 2004. He also released “Paprika” based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui in 2006. His short animation “Ohayo” was aired on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) in 2007. He passed away from pancreas cancer at the age of 46 on August 24, 2010.

Thursday 21 | 22H00 | Cinema Ideal

PERFECT BLUE

Japan | 1997 | 81’

Mima Kirigoe is one third of chart topping girl-pop group, CHAM! But she is keen to put the childish career of the pop singer behind her and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Her fans are sceptical however, and she quickly discovers that the transition is nowhere near as easy or enjoyable as she’d hoped…

After getting a part in a very adult murder mystery drama, her life takes a turn of the sinister. She uncovers a blog detailing her life in intimate detail, and as a real life killer begins to attack the people around her, delusion and reality blend into one and she begins to question her own identity… This is Satoshi Kon’s first directed movie.

Direction: Satoshi Kon

Production: Madhouse

Distribution: Madhouse

Saturday 23 | 22H00 | Cinema Ideal

MILLENNIUM ACTRESS

Japan | 2001 | 89’

Direction: Satoshi Kon

Production: Madhouse

Distribution: Genko

Monday 25 | 22H00 | Cinema City Alvalade

TOKYO GODFATHERS

Japan | 2003 | 94’

Christmas in Tokyo. Three homeless friends discover an abandoned newborn in the trash.

Direction: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya                       

Production: Madhouse   

Distribution: Park Circus Group

 

Wednesday 27 | 22H00 | Cinema City Alvalade

PAPRIKA

Japan | 2006 | 90’

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient’s dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.

Direction: Satoshi Kon                   

Production: Madhouse   

Distribution: Park Circus Group