90 Movies in 90 Years: Millennium Actress (2001)

I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.

Title: Millennium Actress
Release Date:28 July 2001
Director: Satoshi Kon
Production Company: Madhouse

Television interviewer Genya Tachibana (Shōzō Iizuka), a devoted fan of the famed actress Chiyoko Fujiwara (Miyoko Shōji), is able to track her down in retirement along with his sardonic cameraman Kyoji Ida (Masaya Onosaka, with Mami Koyama and Fumiko Orikasa voicing her at younger ages). She reflects on her life telling a story where incidents of her personal life are interwoven with roles she’s played in movies.  Genya and Chiyoko are pulled into her memories acting as a kind of Greek chorus.  The result is a surreal pseudo-documentary that parallels the history of Japanese cinema.

Rating: ***1/2