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Perfect Blue – Why Satoshi Kon’s Classic Film Is More Relevant Now

Legendary film director Satoshi Kon died of pancreatic cancer in 2010 before 1997’s Perfect Blue gained its cult following. The distribution company for the movie went bankrupt, and despite winning awards at a few film festivals went largely unnoticed in comparison to his other films, such as Millennium Actress in 2001, Tokyo Godfathers in 2003, and Paprika in 2006, the latter of which is often suspected to be an inspiration for the film Inception, with some fans even claiming Inception as either a homage or direct rip-off of Kon’s own film about using technology to enter a shared dreamscape that came out four years prior.

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