Documentary filmmaker, Genya Tachibana, and his cameraman,
Kyoji Ida, visit the home of Chiyoko Fujiwara, a legendary
but reclusive Japanese screen goddess who, thirty years earlier,
suddenly and dramatically disappeared from public view. At
the start of the interview Tachibana presents the actress
with a small key, triggering an outpouring of vivid memories
of her past. Throughout the historic millennium of Chiyoko's
tale, her only wish is to once again lay eyes on her first
and one true love, an injured artist she had helped escape
from the government authorities when she was a small girl
and the man who had once given her a small, all-important
is the anime equivalent of a chick flick. Okay, I'm being
a little harsh there, but if you are a bloke and your significant
other doesn't appreciate your interest in anime, then you
need to sit them down with this film.
movie sees filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his quick-witted
cameraman, Kyoji Ida, tracking down screen legend, Chiyoko
Fujiwara, who vanished from the big screen and public life
when she was in her prime. Tachibana has a surprise for her,
an old key which she used to wear religiously around her neck
until she lost it. The rest of the movie follows Jujiwara's
life story as she reveals why the key meant so much to her
and how it catapulted her into the movie industry.
film sees Tachibana and Ida actually witnessing the events
Fujiwara details. They not only see them, but take an active
part in the proceedings - with Tachibana coming to Fujiwara's
rescue on a number of occasions.
has a secret he has been hiding for years, and Fujiwara is
on the verge of realising that she may have wasted her life
chasing a silly girlish dream.
I must admit to not really getting the whole 'chance meeting
with a rogue changed my life' element of this picture, I still
thought this was a beautiful movie. And while I wasn't really
sure why we kept travelling back to time periods that Fujiwara
could not have lived through, the rather strange narrative
doesn't detract from what is a very moving film.
DVD is available to buy as a single disc, or packaged in a
special twin pack with director Satoshi Kon's previous animated
movie Perfect Blue. If you haven't already seen this
earlier movie, I strongly recommend that you buy the twin
include an interesting 'Making of' documentary (40 mins) and
trailer. The audio tracks available include Japanese/English
stereo, 5.1 and DTS.
wanting transforming robots or gun/sword wielding antics should
look elsewhere. If you want to see a different side of anime,
then you should pick this up.