Millennium Actress (Sennen joy)
Millennium Actress (Sennen joy) (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 2001
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The story of an aging movie actress' complicated personal saga unfolds in this sophisticated anime film that deftly blurs memory and make-believe into a meditation on the nature of cinema itself.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

Given its complex array of fact, fiction, location, character and atmosphere, Millennium Actress is almost unimaginable in any other medium.

Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

Anime has never been my cup of oolong. Or it wasn't until Satoshi Kon's bold, time-traveling sophomore feature, Millennium Actress.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A chase film that's chasing after films. All the world's a set as cinema and reality thrillingly blur in this second feature from Satoshi Kon.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Arty Japanese animated drama is too complex for little ones.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Lack of ambition is not one of the movie's problems.

Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star

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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A winning combination of humor, emotional resonance and striking, indelible imagery.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Keiko Aya
Oh Millennium Actress is one of my all time favourite movies it's just because of how creative and brilliant it is. To see one woman's major struggle… More
Drew Smith
It is absolutely ludicrous to compare this in any way to Perfect Blue, even though they were both directed by Satoshi Kon. Millennium Actress needs no… More
Kylie B
A rather endearing storyline, but the transition between her life and her films in the narrative was a little too smooth for me.
Sanjaya 丘耀文
Even though many people compare this to Hayao's Spirited Away, I thought Spirited Away is more greater than this movie... I was kinda of boring watching… More
_kelly .King
visually stunning, but also something to emotionally connect with
Caesar Mendez
Animation is dominated by the family friendly market, but animation have also been used to convey more challenging subject matters. Such animated films tackle… More

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