Millennium Actress Gets Second Act

If you didn’t get a chance to catch Satoshi Kon’s anime masterpiece at one of the few theaters it played in, you can now pick it up on DVD. Released by DreamWorks in North America, Millennium Actress is the first title to be distributed under the studio’s new Go Fish Pictures division.

Bonus materials include the U.S. theatrical trailer and an in-depth featurette titled The Making of Millennium Actress, which features insightful interviews with director Kon (Perfect Blue), producer Taro Maki, writer Sadayuki Murai, art director Nobutaka Ike, character designer Takeshi Honda, animation director Shogo Furuya, music director Susumu Hirasawa, and lead voice actresses Fumiko Orikasa, Mami Koyama and Miyoko Shoji.

A likely contender for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, Millennium Actress blends fantasy and reality to tell an epic story of a legendary actress who vanished at the height of her career. When a documentary producer seeks her out, past and present collide as he begins to unravel the mystery of her unexplained leave of absence from public life. Kudos to DreamWorks for releasing it in the original Japanese language with English subtitles rather than dubbing it.

The disc is now available for the suggested retail price of $29.99. Go Fish’s next release will be director Mamoru Oshi’s much-anticipated sequel Ghost in the Shell II, slated to hit theaters during the first quarter of 2004.