Millennium Actress

Directed by Satoshi Kon



Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival 2001 - Grand Prize

Animation Kobe 2003 - Feature Film Award

Mainichi Film Awards 2002 - Ofuji Noburo Award

Sitges Film Festival 2001 - Orient Express Award


Satoshi Kon


Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Miyoko Shoji, Shozo Iizuka, Masaya Onosaka


Eleven Arts

Japan 2001 87 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre Animation

Arguably the masterwork of the late anime visionary Satoshi Kon, namesake of Fantasia’s prestigious annual animation award, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS itself claimed two Fantasia awards – Best Animation Film and Fantasia Ground-Breaker – following its World Premiere here at the festival. 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of this auspicious event, an invitation to once again join TV crewmen Genya and Kyoji as they interview the reclusive actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, a long-lost legend of the silver screen whose personal memories run parallel to the history of Japan’s society and cinema. Satoshi Kon’s strikingly beautiful, formally inventive, and emotionally rich film welcomed our new millennium with a reverential reflection on cinema’s splendid past, and is now itself an anime classic (the recent 4K restoration of which Fantasia is proudly presenting) to be revisited and cherished anew.