Under the Influence: Perfect Blue (1997)

Hoezo in Kino

In our continuing series Under the Influence we explore the cinematic origins and sources of inspiration that impacted the work of filmmakers we showcase in our theater. Here we showcase the huge visual and narrative influence the anime classic Perfect Blue had on the early work of writer/director Darren Aronofsky. This late 90’s anime explores the dark side of fame but also the early onset of the internet’s power for unbridled fandom and relentless stalking. The film tells the fractured story of Mima, a young pop singer that wants to make the leap into acting but finds herself haunted by a fan and what seems to be a doppelgänger. The viewer needs to do some serious interpretation of his/her own to truly grasp what’s real and what’s imagined but it makes this psycho-trip of a movie all the better for it. The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Regie: Satoshi Kon


Animatie, Horror, Mysterie

Land: Japan

Speelduur: 81 minuten

Taal: Japans

Ondertiteling: English


Famous pop idol Mima decides to leave her J-pop group CHAM! to pursue her dream as an actress. She slowly climbs up the rocky road to success, but starts to become suspicious of the things around her. When she accepts to play a risky role, the lines between reality and fantasy become blurred. More and more, Mima is being haunted by an obsessive stalker and a darker doppelgänger, and fears for her life as she must unravel fact from illusion. Perfect Blue represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.