Join us at the Rio Theatre for an Anime Monday Double Bill, featuring the 20th Anniversary remaster of Satoshi Kon’s (PAPRIKA, PARANOIA AGENT) gorgeous anime PERFECT BLUE followed by Masaka Yuasa‘s (MIND GAME, LU OVER THE WALL) latest feature THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL. Both films will be screening in Japanese with English subtitles. See one, or see them both!
PERFECT BLUE is the groundbreaking (and rarely screened) first film from the legendary director Satoshi Kon that follows the story of rising pop star Mima, who 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…
This iconic psychological thriller that has frequently been hailed as one of the most important animated films of all time, as it represents a major change from traditional anime subject matter, analysing the pop icon phenomenon, fame and its psychological impact on the performer.
“Kon’s film deliberately obfuscates, to hypnotic effect.” (Total Film)
Monday, September 24
Doors 7:15 pm | Movie 7:45 pm
Single Film Ticket $10 advance HERE | $12 door
Why note make it an Anime Monday Double Bill with Masaaki Yuasa‘s THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL for one sweeeet price?
THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL
9:30 pm *Apx. start time.
Single Film Tickets $10 advance HERE |$12 at the door
Double Bill Tickets $13 advance HERE | $15 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony! (Please note these films are rated 18A.) Must be 19+ with ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film only. Please redeem at the door.
PERFECT BLUE “Pafekuto buru” (Satoshi Kon, 1997 / 81 minutes /18 A / Japanese with English subtitles) Mima Kirigoe is a singer who leaves her trio to become an actress, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an alter ego who claims to be “the real Mima”, until she collapses into madness as her coworkers are brutally slain around her.
THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (Masaaki Yuasa, 2017 / 93 mins / 18A / Japanese with English subtitles) A young girl embarks on an insanely long night of partying where she interacts with an increasingly eccentric cast of characters.