Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress Streamed by Paramount Pictures

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

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Millennium Actress | Japan Movie Poster

Paramount Pictures has released the entirety of Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress on their Paramount Vault YouTube channel. The film is available for free only in the United States. The film is offered with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles.

Millennium Actress was directed by the late Satoshi Kon and was produced by animation studio Madhouse. It was released in 2001 and received the Grand Prize in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival. The film tied with Spirited Away for the award.

Paramount Pictures describes the film as follows:

Following up on his highly acclaimed animated psychological thriller Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon spins this mystery about a documentary filmmaker and a legendary actress. In honor of Gin Ei studios 70th anniversary, a small production house run by Genya Tachibana is selected to make a commemorative documentary. Genya decides to focus his film on actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, a massive star who at the height of her popularity retreated from public life. Accompanied an eager young cameraman, Genya doggedly tracks her down to discover her living a hermit-like life of charmed isolation. He also learns that in spite of her advanced age, she has lost little of her famed charm or elegance. As he interviews her, Genya learns of Chiyoko’s troubled past and eventually the reasons for her sudden retirement.

Dreamworks released the film on DVD in North America. Bandai Visual released the film on Blu-ray in Japan in 2014.


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  • Laurence J. Nguyen

    I am so glad I watched this movie on YouTube last night, it was worth it.
    Thank you very much for this article as it brought me there.

    Normally I don’t watch full-length episodes or feature films on YouTube because of the “Copyright Law & Fair Use” thing, but I did watch the Steins;Gate movie on YouTube some time ago. I cannot remember when, though. It was really fun to watch.

    Aside from that, I even watched Satoshi Kon’s other movie on Crackle called, “Tokyo Godfathers” and it was an amazing film to watch from start to finish. I was really hooked by it, unlike some other movie by the name of, “The Legend of the Millennium Dragon” which I did not enjoy because I find it to be so bland but that’s just me. I have not seen Satoshi Kon’s other films being, “Perfect Blue” and “Paprika” and TV series “Paranoia Agent”, yet. But something tells me I should or I will never forgive myself for not watching them.

    Satoshi Kon may be gone but he will not be forgotten. He is an amazing film director in his own right.