Millennium Actress

Sennen Joyuu

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At the turn of the millennium, Ginei Studio's dilapidated buildings are set to be demolished. Ex-employee and filmmaker Genya Tachibana decides to honor this occasion with a commemorative documentary about the company's star actress: Chiyoko Fujiwara, the reclusive sweetheart of Shouwa Era cinema. Having finally obtained permission to interview the retired starlet, an enamored Genya drags along cynical cameraman Kyouji Ida to meet her, ready to put his lifelong idol back in the spotlight once more. Hidden in this secluded mountain retreat is a thousand years of history condensed into one lifetime, waiting to be narrated. Chiyoko's recollections take them on an illusionary journey through Japanese cinematic history that transcends the boundaries of reality; the saga of her acting career intertwines with her filmography, the actors in her life blend seamlessly with the characters on screen, and the present melds with the past. Though the actress may have retired at the height of her career 30 years ago, the curtain on her life's stage has yet to fall.

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English: Millennium Actress
Japanese: 千年女優
Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 14, 2002
Producers: Bandai Visual, WOWOW, Genco, Kadokawa Shoten, KlockWorx
Licensors: Eleven Arts, DreamWorks
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Duration: 1 hr 27 min
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older
Resolution: 720p, 1080p
Type: BD, Dual Audio

Encoder's Notes

The movie that you “need” to watch.

JPBD encode with Fussoir/niizk subs. I left the 5.1Ch English Dub audio untouched cause it would’ve messed up the quality otherwise.



Characters & Voice Actors


Taro Maki – Producer
Kou Matsuo – Producer
Satoshi Kon – Director, Script, Character Design, Screenplay
Masafumi Mima – Sound Director
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Chiyoko no Theme Mode-1 (千代子のテーマ MODE-1)” by Susumu Hirasawa
ED1: “Rotation [lotus-2]” by Susumu Hirasawa


A pure love letter to the world of cinema and how influential the media can be not only to the medium but our very lives.


A fantastic representation of your dreams becoming your motivation for living. Another Masterpiece by Satoshi Kon.


A poignant parable on how the journey is a prize more precious than the destination


Satoshi Kon’s best work.


A riveting intertwining of reality and memory, epic in scope, yet deeply personal. Visceral and emotive. A stunning piece of meta-fiction.


Kon proves that he’s a master of filmmaking. Characters are superb and believable, editing is excellent, and Hirasawa’s music is amazing.


Another amazing Satoshi Kon film with a more uplifting premise than most of his other works.



    I make bad encodes and whine about subs and if I'm feeling particularly memey, I make bad subs too!