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The untold truth about Perfect Blue

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Amanda Catherine
Amanda Catherine
Amanda Catherine is an American Film Critic, writer, and journalist. She received a postgraduate degree in Film and Media Studies and has contributed several articles for top magazines. Her film criticisms were published on leading websites and have gained massive popularity. Besides film criticism, she loves to write about recent hot topics of celebrities and breaking news.

In Perfect Blue, Mima Kirigoe’s character is determined to prove herself more than a former J-pop idol – she wants to be taken seriously as an actress. Taking on a supporting role in a television procedural series, Mime is told that her big break will come if she agrees to take part in the show’s rape scene, which she agrees to, much to the shock of her manager Rumi.

This moment makes it incredibly uncomfortable to watch, and while it’s certainly simulated, Mima’s horror feels real. During a conversation with an American outlet following the release of “Perfect Blue” (via Kona tone), director Satoshi Kon explained the meaning of the violent scene: it is supposed to mean “the death of an idol”. As Kohn further revealed, “In English it could be ‘death of a pop star’, but that doesn’t convey the nuance. This is the destruction of iconography that is literally included in the word ‘idol’.”

AT lecture series Kon gave in “Perfect Blue”, he explained that during Mima’s traumatic experience, her old “idol” self dies, noting that even her on-screen outfit resembles what she wore during her concerts. Farther, right after the scene, viewers see Mima dressed all in black, sitting in a position that gives the impression that she is mourning, in particular, the death of her former self. Of course, the outcome of this event leads to Mima’s full-blown psychological breakdown.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, help is available. visit National Network of Rape, Abuse and Incest website or contact RAINN National Help Desk at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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