It’s been 26 years since Satoshi Kon’s masterpiece anime film Perfect Blue premiered at Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival in 1997. Kon would go on to direct 2002’s Millennium Actress, 2003’s Tokyo Godfathers, 2004’s Paranoia Agents series and 2006’s Paprika at MADHOUSE before his untimely passing in 2010, and now his landmark directorial debut is returning to cinemas in Japan in remastered form.
The 4K remaster is currently planned for screenings across 44 theaters in Japan starting on September 15. Ahead of that, the film will have its premiere at an anniversary event on August 26 at Tokyo’s Shin Bungeiza.
Shout! Factory released Perfect Blue on Blu-ray and describes the story:
Rising pop star Mima has quit singing to pursue a career as an actress and model, but her fans aren’t ready to see her go… Encouraged by her managers, Mima takes on a recurring role on a popular TV show, when suddenly her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of her former self, Mima’s reality and fantasy meld into a frenzied paranoia. As her stalker closes in, in person and online, the threat he poses is more real than even Mima knows, in this iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time.
Via Crunchyroll News