Movie Review: 千年女優(Sennen Joyū)/ Millennium Actress

A movie I watched recently was a Japanese animated film called “Sennen Joyū” (or “Millennium Actress”), directed by Satoshi Kon. Without spoiling too much of the plot, this film was about two documentary filmmakers who are investigating the life of a really famous retired actress, Chiyoko Fujiwara. They found where she was living up in the mountains, hoping to interview her to find out more about her past and why she retired and went into hiding 30 years ago. As she tells them about her past, her narrative cuts into a film-like (cinema) flashback, in which both of the filmmakers are also a part of her journey, breaking the mold of what’s real and what’s not. During the flashbacks, it also occasionally shifts onto the sets of movies that she has been in, further blurring the line and difference between cinema and reality. The idea of combining both fiction and reality in order to tell a story is amazing. I really liked the concept and enjoyed the heck out of this movie. I really recommend anyone, especially people who likes to watch films that pull on their heartstrings, to watch this movie. You can find this film in our very own Musselman Library. I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I did.


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    1. Yes, there are also subtitles for people who do not speak Japanese. So everyone here at Gettysburg should be able to watch it without any trouble. You can find this movie in our very own Musselman Library! I hope everyone can enjoy it as much as I did!

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