Some new info cropped up since our last article on the film!
In our last article we spoke about how Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue was heading to the UK theatrical screens this Halloween to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A month has passed since then and some more information has appeared. But we’ll recap the previous information here as well to make things easier for everyone.
ABOUT THE FILM, STAFF & CAST
Perfect Blue is a 1998 psychological thriller film by the late director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) and studio Madhouse (Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, Wicked City) based on the novel Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The novel will also be released in English by publisher Seven Seas alongside its other instalment Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream sometime in early 2018. It is also said that Perfect Blue inspired American director Darren Aronofsky for his works on Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream.
Joining the director and studio are producers Masao Maruyama (one of the founders of studio MAPPA), Hiroaki Inoue (El Hazard, Tenchi Muyo!), Yutaka Maseba (Code Geass, Cowboy Bebop) as well as character designer (alongside Satoshi Kon) Hisashi Eguchi (Stop!! Hibari-kun!), script writer Sadayuki Murai (BLAME!, Natsume’s Book of Friends) and music composer Masahiro Ikumi (Special Powered Armor Troop Dorvack).
Japanese voice-cast features Junko Iwao (Cardcaptor Sakura, Neon Genesis Evangelion) as the main lead Mima Kirigoe, Rica Matsumoto (Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, Pokemon) as Rumi Hidaka, Masaaki Ōkura (Akira, Samurai Champloo) as Me-Mania, and Shinpachi Tsuji (Fairy Tail, Naruto) as Tadokoro.
Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts the role despite reservations from her manager. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima’s Room’ written by a fake Mima begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead and all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.
UK THEATRICAL RELEASE SCHEDULE
Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue is set for UK theatrical release in select cinemas starting Friday 27th October 2017 with a majority set for Tuesday 31st October 2017 in Japanese audio with English subtitles. The film is rated 18 by the British Board of Film Classification so parental guidance is advised. Distributor Anime Limited have offered a website dedicated to locating any cinemas screening the film, but we will also be listing them below.
We can confirm that Cineworld, ODEON, Picturehouse, Showcase and Vue will all be screening the film at various locations. Cineworld will be theatrically releasing the film first before the other cinemas.
The times are currently slated for 21:00 (9:00pm). You can pre-book your tickets here.
The following listed will only be screened on 27th October:
- Aberdeen Union Square
- Birmingham Broad Street
- London Wandsworth
- Milton Keynes
The following listed will be screened on both 27th & 28th October:
- Glasgow Renfrew Street
- London Enfield
- London West India Quay
- Newcastle Upon Tyne
The times are currently slated for 18:45 (6:45pm) on 31st October. You can pre-book your tickets here.
- Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Bournemouth BH2 (New)
- Liverpool ONE
- London Leicester Square
- Milton Keynes Stadium
- Oxford George St
The locations listed below each have various time points. You can pre-book your tickets at any of the locations below or through here.
- Bath: Little Theatre Cinema [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- Bradford: Science+Media Museum [18:00 (6:00pm)]
- Brighton: Duke of York’s [18:30 (6:30pm)]
- Cambridge: Arts Picturehouse [20:00 (8:00pm)]
- Edinburgh: CAMEO [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- Exeter: Exeter Picturehouse [18:30 (6:30pm)]
- Henley: REGAL [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- Liverpool: FACT [18:00 (6:00pm)]
- London: Clapham Picturehouse [18:30 (6:30pm)]
- London: Crouch End Picturehouse [21:00 (9:00pm)]
- London: Greenwich Picturehouse [18:00 (6:00pm)]
- London: Hackney Picturehouse [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- London: Ritzy Picturehouse [21:00 (9:00pm)]
- London: Stratford Picturehouse [21:00 (9:00pm)]
- London West End: Picturehouse Central [21:30 (9:30pm)]
- Norwich: CinemaCity [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- Oxford: PHOENIX [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- Southampton: HARBOR LIGHTS [20:45 (8:45pm)]
- Stratford Upon Avon [18:00 (6:00pm)]
- York: CityScreen [20:45 (8:45pm)]
Showcase (De Lux)
The times are currently slated for 20:00 (8:00pm) unless stated below. You can pre-book your tickets here.
The times are currently slated for 20:00 (8:00pm). You can pre-book your tickets here.
- Cardiff Nantgarw
The times are currently slated for 19:30 (7:30pm). You can pre-book your tickets here.
- Basingstoke Festival Place
- Cheshire Oaks
- Croydon Purley Way
- Edinburgh (Omni Centre)
- Leeds (The Light)
- London: Finchley Road (O2 Centre)
- London: Islington (Angel)
- London: Shepherd’s Bush
- London: Westfield (Shepherd’s Bush)
- London: Westfield Stratford
- London: Wood Green
- Manchester Lowry
- Newcastle Under Lyme
At the time of this article, Anime Limited have offered a trailer to promote the film’s nationwide release:
That’s all the information available for the film. Perfect Blue is already available to own on Blu-ray and DVD from distributor Anime Limited but this theatrical release is a great opportunity to revisit the film on the big screen once again! Plus if you are not able to see at these cinema locations, there’s another chance at the upcoming Leeds International Film Festival this November.
Anime UK News’ darkstorm review on Perfect Blue is available to read!