Millennium Actress (Sennen joy)
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Millennium Actress (Sennen joy)
Chiyoko Fujiwara was once a major movie star who dominated the Japanese cinema world. Thirty years ago, she abruptly disappeared from the screen and from public view. One of her greatest admirers, Genya Tachibana, is a documentary filmmaker who has traveled to the isolated mountain lodge where she makes her home to interview her. There, he presents her with an old key, and as if the key had opened a door to her memories, Chiyoko starts telling the story of her life, interweaving moments from her past and future and passing through the boundary between reality and the movies that had made up so… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Given its complex array of fact, fiction, location, character and atmosphere, Millennium Actress is almost unimaginable in any other medium."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Anime has never been my cup of oolong. Or it wasn't until Satoshi Kon's bold, time-traveling sophomore feature, Millennium Actress."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Arty Japanese animated drama is too complex for little ones."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The finest anime film I've ever seen."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"The movie's outer spectacle works better than its story."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"This somewhat surreal anim import is unlikely to earn the same mainstream recognition as last year's Spirited Away, but it's certainly worth a look."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This is a screen trip that actually takes you someplace -- out of the world, around the world and straight to the heart of the world."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"A winning combination of humor, emotional resonance and striking, indelible imagery."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Paints a vivid portrait, blending pathos and unrequited love with a rich collage of Japanese history"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Millennium Actress is smart and complex and beautifully constructed."
‑ Sharon Mizota, PopMatters
"Lack of ambition is not one of the movie's problems."
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"Disguises itself as a romance, but it's really a loving homage to Japanese history, as well as a comment on the nature of filmmaking and films."
‑ Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
"Insofar as the movie recreates Japanese film history, it's as a means of exploring history more generally."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Like Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress is about living with ghosts, but where the one is all shadow, Millennium Actress is all alight."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Millennium Actress has more layers to it than the proverbial onion, but Kon's sure hand keeps things moving right along."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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