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Netflix review: Millennium Actress
Own Path, Diverse, Gay, Diversity, Love
Millennium Actress (2002)- 87 Minutes in length


Miyoko Shoji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Shouzou Iizuka, Shouko Tsuda, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Hisako Kyôda, Kan Tokumaru, Masaya Onosaka, Kôichi Yamadera, Masatane Tsukayama


Satoshi Kon

Millennium Actress is a beautiful and innovate anime that tells the story of a Japanese film house that is going out of business after 70 years in the business. The film house decides to do one last film, which is a documentary. The documentary focuses on the star that provided them the most fame and that is the character named Chiyoko Fujiwara.

The film blends the life of Chiyoko with the films that she made for the film house. There are moments in the film where you don't understand fully if it is her life or a film she was in, but it doesn't take away from the film itself. It fact this melding of the two actually provides a fresh and interesting take on how an anime can provide a story to its audience.

The basic premise of the film is that Chiyoko has been looking for one man her entire life. This one man is what drove her to go into acting in the first place and what kept her in the field, until a fateful day. I won't spoil what that fateful day was. She, Chiyoko, tells the story to the filmmaker that was commissioned, but the way the anime plays out is that the camera man and the filmmaker are transported into the time periods, even though they are not really there. This provides a very funny turn of events at some points of the story and provides a needed comedic aspect, since the story is very dramatic in parts.

This film truly is beautifully made. It provides a fresh look at the possibilities of what anime can do as a genre. I can't speak enough praises about "Millennium Actress" because it spoke to me in ways that other anime films have yet to do. This was about chasing a dream even if it is never fully obtained. It was about a woman who chose to live her life a certain way because of love. These characters almost seem real and you want to meet them. You want to be swept away in the story and learn more about the world of the "Millennium Actress" that is Chiyoko Fujiwara.


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