Millennium Actress

千年女優 | Sennen joyû

86 mins
8.2 / 10 (2088)


With the renowned Ginei Studios shutting down and their buildings about to be demolished, filmmaker Genya Tachibana sets out to commemorate this historical moment by interviewing the studio’s former superstar: the now-reclusive Chiyoko Fujiwara. But why did she vanish at the peak of her career?

MUBI's take

A luminous homage to the golden age of Japanese cinema, this masterwork from Satoshi Kon looks back over the career of a reclusive star—clearly modeled on Setsuko Hara. Pregnant with bittersweet romanticism, Millennium Actress is at once a reverent and subversive ode to an idealized screen legend.

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