Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art

Film Series: The Legacy of Satoshi Kon

The National Museum of Asian Art teams up with the Japan Information & Culture Center to present a retrospective of the influential anime director Satoshi Kon, including a new documentary about his life and work. 

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Films in this Series:

Perfect Blue 

In Perfect Blue, director Satoshi Kon tells the story of pop star Mima, who turns to frenzied paranoia when her handlers and collaborators begin turning up murdered. 

Millennium Actress 

In Millennium Actress, filmmaker Genya Tachibana is pulled into reclusive star Chiyoko Fujiwara’s memories when he is tasked with interviewing her. It’s a seamless blend of reality and memory only Satoshi Kon could deliver. 

Tokyo Godfathers

When three forgotten members of society discover a baby in a garbage dump on Christmas Eve, they must band together to solve the mystery of her abandonment. Tokyo Godfathers is Satoshi Kon’s third feature. 


Paprika is a magical tale centered on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter subjects’ dreams. When the machine is stolen, a detective and therapist join forces to recover it before it falls into the wrong hands. 

Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist 

The documentary Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist celebrates the legacy of Satoshi Kon with interviews from fellow anime directors and overseas admirers. 


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