Cinespect Presents: “Satoshi Kon: Sharing the Dream”
Published on September 27th, 2010 | by Carlos J. Segura0
From being featured in Fangoria along with a shout-out from Roger Corman, to a retrospective by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2008 (an honor that is usually accorded to much longer careers), to inspiring Aronofsky (who rather than outright steal shots from “Perfect Blue” bought the rights to it before using said shots for “Requiem for a Dream”) and being image-checked by Madonna as a part of an anime montage on her Drowned World Tour in 2001, Kon has wielded influence and gained prestige in the eyes of cineastes, critics, and filmmakers with only a handful of features to his name (and a TV show that many have said rivals Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and von Trier’s “The Kingdom”) despite his work (or perhaps due to it?) being animated. And yet, despite some mainstream recognition, outside of the cult, anime and cineaste circles he could stand to receive more recognition. Whenever I’ve tried to introduce Kon’s work to the average moviegoer, who have said yes to works that are similar that aren’t animated, the moment I say “animated” or “anime” it is followed with an “eh” more often than not.
In the wake of the passing of Satoshi Kon, we here at Cinespect decided to honor and pay tribute to Satoshi Kon not only to highlight the quality and themes of his work in an often persuasive tone, that is at times nostalgic, because we felt from an objective standpoint that the work deserved serious evaluation and attention; we did these pieces because they touched us deeply, to the point of even being personal benchmarks in some instances that shaped our perspectives with regards to how we measure other films. At the of age of 13 I went to see “Perfect Blue” when it was being shown in one theater in New York City. Having read a feature on it in Fangoria I found myself instantly curious because, being heavily into horror films at the time, this seemed like something that was right up my alley, except, it was animated and an anime (though for the record “Perfect Blue” is not strictly a horror film but more on this in my piece). This was not an issue for me, thankfully (“Vampire Hunter D” was up until a certain age one of my favorite movies and the only anime I could really call a favorite) and since that day “Perfect Blue” has not left my top ten list of the best movies of all time. Here’s hoping some unsuspecting yet curious spectator stumbles upon these pieces (along with these pieces comes an original interview with Wendee Lee who voiced Rumi in “Perfect Blue”), reads or skims them, and is persuaded to have a look at any one of these movies and perhaps, if they’re lucky, they’ll find one of these in their top ten list as well. Or even if you’re not new to the work of Satoshi Kon we hope you’ll enjoy sharing the dream with us.
Kon Satoshi (1963 – 2010)