In Memoriam: Satoshi Kon Event

A few months ago, I was invited to the In Memoriam: Satoshi Kon Event as press. The thing is, it's in New York City and I live in Florida. However, I asked a good friend of mine, Linda from Anime Miz's Scribblings if she could cover the event for me. She gladly said yes. This post is of her covering the event. I hope you enjoy.

As a one night event sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, on December 22, there was a double showing for Perfect Blue and Paprika at the Walter Reade Theater. This theater is just around the corner from the famous sight of Lincoln Center, and next to the Juilliard School. I have come to this theater before previously for a screening of Sky Crawlers, so getting here was relatively simple for living in New York City.

While there definitely wasn’t as big of a crowd as I anticipated, I felt that it was quite word of mouth or what I saw as some advertisements via ANN, Twitter or even Facebook that definitely let fans be aware of this event. I was made aware of this event earlier from Otaku Dan. There was still a comfortable size of people.

This event is a respectful ode to the memory of Satoshi Kon, whose death is a significant one for the Japanese animation industry this year. He leaves behind only a handful of movies, so showing these two exhibits, not just the sheer brilliance in story telling, but the entertainment is quintessential Kon.

Before the movies began, there was a speaker that came and spoke to the audience for a couple of minutes. He mentioned that Satoshi Kon was at New York, several years ago for a similar movie feature marathon. New York still gave Kon fond memories, even as the late director lay on his sickbed. The speaker ended with saying that there were keepsake postcards from Satoshi Kon’s memorial service in Japan last month. He also took a picture of the audience to show to Kyoko Kon who is Satoshi Kon’s widow.

Pefect Blue is the first movie that placed him in international spotlight, and Paprika was the last full length completed project he worked on. What more can anime fans, and movie goers ask for? I certainly enjoyed watching these two psycho-thrillers on the big screen. Though technologically dated in the plot, Perfect Blue is such a suspenseful thriller, which can send chills up neck of viewer, watching the story of singer/actress Mima.

Paprika is a fantastic imaginative movie that displays the cinematic genius of Satoshi Kon. He even has a role in the movie, to which I was pretty happy to realize. Paprika explores the possibilities of dreams. Definitely of both movies, Paprika is a movie that is a sight for eyes on the big screen. It definitely foreshadows Kon’s still unfinished project of The Dream Machine.





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