"Excuse me. Who are you?"Perfect Blue
is the film debut of director Satoshi Kon
, who would go on to produce other work investigating the boundary between the real and the imaginary such as Paprika
, Paranoia Agent
and Millennium Actress
Mima Kirigoe is a mildly-popular Idol Singer
who decides to leave her group to pursue a serious career as an actress
. She manages to land a small role on a sexually-charged murder mystery series, but starts to struggle with the increasingly-intense demands of her part.
After her character is involved in a rape scene
, Mima discovers an internet blog supposedly written by herself, or rather, the "innocent" persona she used as an Idol Singer
. Mima has no memory of writing such a thing, but the entries are far too accurate and personal to be a hoax. Is it a Stalker with a Crush
? Has Mima developed a Split Personality
? Or is something far more sinister afoot?
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