Boy, was this a creepy but interesting film! Perfect Blue follows Mima, an ex-member of a Japanese pop-idol group called “CHAM!” from the beginning of the film, who – in my opinion – has to follow a career as an actress. You can also see it as a reflection of the entertainment industry that I like to focus on in Japan and Korea. Spoilers below.
The film goes to show it’s not easy in the industry. As Mima is an idol, she must do what her managers say and does not get to give her opinion in what she wants to do. Furthermore, whatever mental or physical problems she is going through is overlooked that some of our favourite idols might be experiencing even now. All those times when she mixed reality and fantasy with work and her illusions makes Mima’s mental instability makes her doubt her own innocence.
You’ve got to think of how they handle stalker fans. She was being threatened with bomb letters, faxes yet her office manager, Tadokoro tells her to just brush it off not even thinking about any worse situations in the future towards his client. Me-Mania (not too sure if he was being controlled to write the blog and film everything by Rumi) running the Mima’s Room blog also should have been closed down due to how closely Me-Mania had managed to discuss her life in great detail as if Mima had wrote it herself.
What’s really creepy about this movie is the way it made me believe she was going to succumb to her illusions and may even die or go crazy from it. But it turns out it was her manager and an ex-pop star Rumi Hidaka (according to Wiki), Rumi who had gotten out of control and ends up in a psycahritic hospital after all. Since I’m never good at understanding psychological thrillers, maybe someone can help me out as to whether Rumi took control of Me-Mania.
Anyways, I would recommend Perfect Blue to anyone who would be interested in seeing a film about an idol’s perspective in the industry. If I was Mima, I would just not be an actress and leave the entertainment industry.