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Millennium Actress
Directed by Satoshi Kon
Produced by Taro Maki
Written by Sadayuki Murai,
Satoshi Kon
Starring Miyoko Shoji,
Mami Koyama,
Fumiko Orikasa,
Shozo Izuka
Music by {{{music}}}
Cinematography {{{cinematography}}}
Editing by {{{editing}}}
Distributed by The Klockworx Co., Ltd (JP),
Dreamworks (US)
Released September 14th, 2002
Running time 87 min.
Language Japanese
Budget Unknown
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IMDb profile

Millennium Actress (千年女優 Sennen Joyū) is a 2001 animated film by Japanese director Satoshi Kon. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (479x683, 427 KB) found on http://www. ... Satoshi Kon (今敏 Kon Satoshi, born 12 October 1963 in Kushiro,Hokkaido) is a highly-regarded director of anime films Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers. ... Satoshi Kon (今敏 Kon Satoshi, born 12 October 1963 in Kushiro,Hokkaido) is a highly-regarded director of anime films Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers. ... Mami Koyama (小山 茉美 Koyama Mami, born January 17, 1955) is a veteran seiyuu who was born in Aichi. ... Fumiko Orikasa (折笠 富美子 Orikasa Fumiko, born on December 27, 1974 in Tokyo) is a seiyÅ«. Voice roles Chise in Saikano Ciel in Shingetsutan Tsukihime Sherry in Konjiki no Gash Bell! (Zatch Bell) Meyrin Hawke in Gundam SEED DESTINY Pacifica Casull in Scrapped Princess Seras Victoria in Hellsing Ruki Makino (Rika Nonaka... Iizuka Shozo (飯塚 昭三) is a veteran seiyu who was born on May 23, 1933 in Tokyo. ... DreamWorks, L.L.C., doing business as DreamWorks SKG, is a Big Ten studio in the United States of America which develops, produces, and distributes films, video games, and television programming. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year (258th in leap years). ... 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Satoshi Kon (今敏 Kon Satoshi, born 12 October 1963 in Kushiro,Hokkaido) is a highly-regarded director of anime films Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers. ...

The narrative style is complicated and interwoven in the style of "play within a play": the film itself is about a director, Tachibana, who is working on a documentary about a famous actress, Chiyoko. Chiyoko has grown old and has withdrawn from public life, but Tachibana slowly draws her out. The story of Chiyoko's life, from teenage schoolgirl to middle-aged superstar, gradually unfolds, as told through flashbacks interspersed with segments taken from her long history of films. Chiyoko's life spans the tumultuous period surrounding World War II, while her characters in movies span a time period from Sengoku period through a futuristic spaceage. A story within a story is a literary device or conceit in which one story is told during the action of another story. ... Combatants Allied Powers Axis Powers Commanders {{{commander1}}} {{{commander2}}} Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties 17 million military deaths 7 million military deaths World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th century conflict that engulfed much of the globe and is accepted as the largest and deadliest... The Sengoku period (Japanese: 戦国時代, Sengoku-jidai) or Warring States period, is a period of civil war in the history of Japan that spans from the middle 15th to the early 17th centuries. ...

Chiyoko's story is ultimately one of faith and longing, while the device of segments from earlier movies allows the setting, characters, and perhaps most importantly the visual style of the film to change suddenly in interesting ways. Some of the scenes are reminiscent of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, while others evoke Akira Kurosawa movies (particularly Throne of Blood). Director Kon has acknowledged the influence of Throne of Blood, but says that for the most part there are not specific references in his segments. Instead he drew on a vague general impression of the history of Japanese filmmaking and visual art for his different styles and stories; Kon insists that historical film was actually not a subject he had much familiarity with before he made Millennium Actress. He studied the settings and costumes carefully, however, and learned a lot in the making of the film, such as the history of the kimono. Ukiyo-e (Kanji 浮世絵, meaning pictures of the floating world) is the general term for a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th century, featuring motifs of landscapes, the theater and pleasure quarters. ... Akira Kurosawa (黒澤 明 Kurosawa Akira, also 黒沢 明) (March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a prominent Japanese film director, film producer, and screenwriter. ... Throne of Blood (1957), original title Kumonosu-jo (Spiders Web Castle), is a film by Akira Kurosawa based on Shakespeares play Macbeth, whose plot it transposes to medieval Japan. ... Kimono on a Japanese Postage Stamp Kimono (Japanese: 着物 literally something one wears) are the traditional garments of Japan. ...

Another intriguing device in Millennium Actress is the anachronistic appearance of Tachibana in a number of Chiyoko's film flashbacks. This could be considered an acknowledgement of the fact that Chiyoko is not merely remembering her past, but recounting it to Tachibana and his comic relief cameraman. Their appearance in Chiyoko's retellings implies the participation of the listener inherent in any public retelling. It also acknowledges Tachibana's deep familiarity with Chiyoko's work.

The character of Chiyoko herself is somewhat reminiscent of Setsuko Hara a famed Japanese movie star of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s who likewise withdrew suddenly from public life. Kon has recognized this influence in an interview, also citing Hideko Takamine, but insisting that Chiyoko is primarily a universal human character. Hara Setsuko (jp: 原節子; born Aida Masae on June 17, 1920 in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture) is a famous Japanese actress who appeared in many of Ozu Yasujiros films. ...

Millennium Actress received the Grand Prize in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival. It was also promoted by its studio as a contender for the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it was not nominated. Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Awards are the oldest awards given to achievements in film; the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature was given the first time for the 2001 film year. ...

I couldn't hold back the tears, I watched it 5 times before I was finally satisified with the ending.

External link

  • Millennium Actress at the Keyframe - the Animation Resource
  • Millennium Actress at the Internet Movie Database

MusicBrainz album icon Millenium Acctress at MusicBrainz Introduction Keyframe is an online database of animated films, cartoons, direct-to-video, animated shorts, and holiday specials. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... Image File history File links MusicBrainz Album Icon File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... MusicBrainz is a project that aims to create an open content music encyclopedia. ...

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