Mima Kirigoe (Junko Iwao) has a bright future ahead of her when she leaves the chart-topping pop trio CHAM! to pursue an acting career. When a role in a violent crime drama courts controversy and a bizarre blog starts detailing every aspect of her life however, Mima begins to fall apart and her associates start turning up dead.
Stalked by madness amidst a whirlpool of fear and a dangerous dance of reality and delusion, Mima is left helpless and riddled with self-doubt in a world where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares.
While many debuts can show a potential for greatness, few take the stage with as strong a spotlight as their later scenes - yet Satoshi Kon did just that from opening night with a powerful, exhilarating thriller that doesn't shy away from harsh criticisms of Japan's idol industry and keeps you guessing right until the very end.
Satoshi Kon's career may have been cut tragically short and the world potentially robbed of decades' worth of more stories, yet the consistent quality of his filmography will remain unrivalled by many with whole lifetimes still ahead of them.
Whether you're an anime fan retracing the medium’s modern history, a follower of cinema or a dedicated Satoshi Kon fan, this 20th anniversary theatrical re-release is an experience you won't want to miss. Exclusive screenings Friday 27th October and in cinemas nationwide 31st October. There's a new trailer above.