Blur the lines of reality this Halloween night with a celebration of not just a cult classic, but the life of a true anime auteur. Striking and provocative, the return of Satoshi Kon’s debut film “Perfect Blue” is a 20th anniversary event not to be missed.

Mima Kirigoe (Junko Iwao) has a bright future ahead of her when she leaves the chart-topping pop trio “CHAM!” to pursue an acting career. When a role in a violent crime drama courts controversy and a bizarre blog starts detailing every aspect of her life however, Mima begins to fall apart and her associates start turning up dead. Stalked by madness amidst a whirlpool of fear and a dangerous dance of reality and delusion, Mima is left helpless and riddled with self-doubt in a world where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares.

Celebrated as one of anime’s greatest directors, Satoshi Kon was inspired to pursue a career in animation while attending high school by future classics including “Space Battleship Yamato” and “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”, which was directed by eventual Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.

After leaving college, Satoshi Kon found his first work in anime as an animator on “Roujin Z” by Katsuhiro Otomo (“Akira”), who he had previously served as a manga assistant, and Mamoru Oshii’s 1993 film “Patlabor 2: The Movie”, before making his directorial debut in 1997 with “Perfect Blue”.

Satoshi Kon returned to re-examining the blurring lines of reality in both his 2002 film “MIllennium Actress” and his final feature film, 2006’s “Paprika”. Between those, he helmed the award-winning comedy drama “Tokyo Godfathers” and television anime “Paranoia Agent”. On 24 August 2010, Satoshi Kon tragically passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer, aged 46. His planned fifth film, “Dreaming Machine”, remains unfinished.

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