Millennium Actress (2003)

Millennium Actress
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG
Runtime 1hr 27mins.
Genres Drama, Romance, Animated
Keywords anime
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Masao Murayama Supervisor Planning 120845 11000001
Masafumi Mima Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Nobutaka Ike Art Director n/a 183 9000001
Susumu Hirasawa Original Music n/a 120838 8000001
Hisao Shirai Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Takeshi Honda Editor n/a 172 7000001
Takeshi Honda Animation Director n/a 740 23000001
Toshiyuki Inoue Animation Director n/a 740 23000002
Takeshi Honda Character Design n/a 485 23000006
Satoshi Kon Character Design n/a 485 23000007
Shogo Furuya Animation Director n/a 740 23000005
Kenichi Konishi Animation Director n/a 740 23000004
Hideki Hamasu Animation Director n/a 740 23000003
Satoshi Kon Story By n/a 120779 4000003
Sadayuki Murai Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Syouko Tsuda Actor Eiko Shimao 1 1000006
Masane Tsukayama Actor The Man With the Scar 1 1000007
Masaya Onosaka Actor Kyoji Ida 1 1000005
Shouzou Iizuka Actor Gen'ya Tachibana 1 1000004
Mami Koyama Actor Chiyoko Fujiwara in Her Mid 20s to 40s 1 1000002
Fumiko Orikasa Actor Chiyoko Fujiwara in Her Teenage Years - Early 20s 1 1000003
Hirotaka Suzuoki Actor Otaki 1 1000008
Hisako Kyouda Actor Mother 1 1000009
Taro Maki Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Satoshi Kon Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Chiyoko Committee Producer n/a 3 3000001
Satoshi Kon Director n/a 2 2000001
Koichi Yamadera Actor The Man of the Key 1 1000010
Miyoko Shoji Actor Chiyoko Fujiwara in Her 70s 1 1000001
Chiyoko Fujiwara was once a major movie star who dominated the Japanese cinema world. Thirty years ago, she abruptly disappeared from the screen and from public view. One of her greatest admirers, Genya Tachibana, is a documentary filmmaker who has traveled to the isolated mountain lodge to interview her. There, he presents her with an old key; and as if the key has opened a door to her memories, Chiyoko starts telling the story of her life. As her story unfolds, she seems to transcend time and space, traveling freely through the corridors of fictional movies and the boundaries between reality which made up so much of her life as an actress. As Chiyoko relates the story of her life and career in cinema, through each role and in every era, Chiyoko has only one wish-to see her first love, an injured artist and painter she had helped escape from government authorities in the 1920s as a young girl. Chiyoko had risked everything to hide the mysterious stranger in her storage house. Before she could learn his identity and mission, however, he left he--but not before he presented her with an all-important key. From that moment on, she determinedly keeps running--in real life, and in her movies--to find him, believing that they will meet again and she will learn the true meaning of the key. She never forgot this romantic fugitive. As her identity changes with each movie role, so d s that of her true love. Yet Chiyoko keeps running after him through the passage of time. Wherever she g s, she also must battle her enemies: a man with a scar and a rival actress, both of whom continue to change their appearances according to the time periods and settings of the movies that make up Chiyoko's life. She keeps running through the centuries in pursuit of solving the mystery of the key, and being reunited with the only love of her life.