Millennium Actress Poster

Release Date: September 12th, 2003

DVD Release Date: October 28th, 2003

PG|1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary
In this animated movie, filmmaker Genya Tachibana begins work on a documentary about famed Japanese actress Chiyoko Fujiwara. Now well into old age, Chiyoko has become reclusive and shy about any publicity, but she eventually warms up to Tachibana and starts to relate her life story. As the decades pass, Chiyoko is transformed from a teen with big dreams into a full-blown celebrity, while her cinematic characters span various eras, from ancient Japan to the distant future.

Cast: Miyoko Shôji, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Shôzô Iizuka, Masaya Onosaka, Shouko Tsuda, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Masatane Tsukayama

Director: Satoshi Kon

Genres: Anime, Mystery

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Love interest, 1940s, 1930s, 1950s, 1970s, Mother, Emotional, Love, Pursuit, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It manages to be both kinetic and dream-like at the same time -- "Run Lola Run" by way of David Lynch. show more

  • Fabulous for many reasons. Most important, this movie is Chiyoko's story, not an anime adventure. It's animated, but it's human and will touch the soul of anyone who has loved deeply. show more

  • Although we never feel any true connection to the enigmatic actress, there's no denying the inventiveness of Kon's homage to the possibilities of cinema. show more

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