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Parents' Guide to

Perfect Blue

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Popular anime is mature/violent, despite sunny art style.

Movie R 1998 80 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 17+

Graphic Sexual Violence in Top Notch Psychological Horror

There is a graphic, prolonged rape scene for a movie within the movie that is played very realistically with lots of thrusting, groping, crying,and sadistic cheering onlookers. There are many smutty photos from a photo shoot with lots of breasts and even brief close ups of hdr vagina/pubes. There is also an extrmemely brutal murder by icepick that involves eye goiging crotch stabbing and more repeated stabbing.
age 17+

Its a masterpiece but not suitable for kids

A lot of nudity Breast, even vagina scene And violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (22 ):

This is one of the better-known (in the West) adult Japanese animated features; don't be fooled by the stylistic resemblance to Laputa or Steamboy, though -- this is altogether nastier stuff. No talking-animal sidekicks, no cute robots -- although the filmmakers slyly use the brightly colored "shojo" cartoon imagery and "J-pop" tunes in a few masterfully weird suspense scenes, such as when Mima is threatened by a hallucinatory (?) alternative version of herself as a prancing, fairylike sprite.

The tricky plot challenges viewers to think what is real and what is imaginary or artifice, rather like A Nightmare on Elm Street, though not all of the storyline seems entirely explicable by the conclusion. It's not unlike many "slasher"-type movies done in Italy in the 1960s and '70s, now with cult followings, that prioritized delirious cinematography, gore, girls, and surreal atmosphere (and badly dubbed dialogue) ahead of logic. Those weren't for kids, and, though it goes lighter on the sex/drugs, neither is this.

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