The Untold Truth of Perfect Blue

In “Perfect Blue,” heroine Mima Kirigoe is determined to prove that she’s more than a former J-pop idol — she wants to be taken seriously as an actress. Playing a minor role in a televised procedural, Mima learns that her big chance will come if she agrees to take part in a rape scene for the show, which she agrees to do, much to the shock of her manager, Rumi.

The moment makes for incredibly uncomfortable viewing, and while of course it’s simulated, Mima’s horror feels real. While chatting with an American publication after the release of “Perfect Blue” (via Kon’s tone), director Satoshi Kon explained the significance of the cruel scene: it’s meant to mean “the death of an idol.” As Kon later divulged, “In English it might be ‘the death of a pop star,’ but that doesn’t convey the nuance. It’s the destruction of iconography that’s literally included in the word” idol “.”

In a lecture series Kon gave on ‘Perfect Blue’, he explained that during Mima’s traumatic experience, his former ‘idol’ died, pointing out that even her on-screen outfit resembles what she wore at her concerts. . Further away, right after the scene, viewers see Mima dressed in black, sitting in such a way that it looks like she’s crying – specifically, the death of her old self. Of course, the outcome of this event leads to Mima’s full-fledged psychological breakdown.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, help is available. Visit the National Rape, Abuse and Incest Network website or contact the RAINN National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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