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GKIDS Gives Perfect Blue Theatrical Run; Dubbed & Subbed Showings Planned


Perfect Blue Movie PosterGKIDS is bringing this masterpiece back to life in a theater (hopefully) near you.

On August 9, GKIDS announced that they will give Perfect Blue a theatrical run. GKIDS will screen the film in a two-day engagement, with one day hosting the subbed version and the other, the dubbed adaptation:

  • 9/6/2018: Subbed Version
  • 9/10/2018: Dubbed Version

Tickets to both screenings are available via GKIDS’ website. We previously reported on the September 6 showing on August 2, though the publisher and second screening were not announced at the time.

Perfect Blue is a 1999 film from late filmmaker Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika). The feature was directed by Kon at Madhouse, with Sadayuki Murai (Boogiepop Phantom, Durarara!!) writing the script. The team of Satoshi Kon and Hideki Hamasu (Vampire Wars) provided character designs.

Manga Entertainment released the title on VHS in 1999, and on DVD in 2000. The film has been out of print in North America since 2007, after Manga’s “Essence of Anime” release hit stores.

Manga described Perfect Blue as:

Pop Singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystrey, MIma’s life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying netherworld where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares.

Quickly descinding into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Mima discovers Internet sites describing every intimate detail of her life. Helpless and afraid, she watches as her associates are threatened and killed by a mysterious stalker.

Source: Twitter (GKIDSFilms)

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