SATOSHI KON, THE ILLUSIONIST
Country: France/ Japan
Runtime: 81 min.
Director: Pascal-Alex Vincent
Screenplay: Pascal-Alex Vincent
Producer: Mathieu Bompoint, Marco Tulio Pires, Kenzô Horikoshi, Tarô Maki
Production Company: Carlotta Films
Stars: Darren Aronofsky, Mamoru Hosoda, Marc Caro, Mamoru Oshii, Jérémy Clapin
Language: French, Japanese, English (English subtitles)
With Satoshi Kon’s untimely death in 2010, the worlds of animation and cinema were robbed of one of their brightest luminaries. Having passed away at age 46, there’s no telling what Kon might still have achieved in the next decades of his career, but thanks to Pascal Alex-Vincent’s Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist we get a sense of the indelible legacy and continued influence of a master craftsman and auteur who was years ahead of his time as well as a tantalizing glimpse at what would have been Dreaming Machine – Kon’s unfinished fifth movie, following Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress (2001), Tokyo Godfathers (2003) and Paprika (2006).
Pascal-Alex Vincent takes viewers on a journey through the life and works of one of Japan’s most visionary filmmakers in a series of interviews with A-list auteurs such as Mamoru Oshii, Darren Aronofsky, Mamoru Hosoda and Jérémy Clapin. Accessible to newcomers while also offering insights to seasoned fans, Satoshi Kon, The Illusionist is an informative documentary that explores Kon’s unique sensibilities and seamless blending of dreams and reality, resulting in a heartfelt tribute to a master animator who was taken away too soon but whose artistic presence continues to be felt.
(Re)acquaint yourself with Kon’s unique style before reliving Paprika on the big screen in the closing night double bill of Lund Fantastic 2021.