So… an announcement.
We have autonomously decided that today (Oct. 12), which of course arrives earlier here in Japan, is official SATOSHI KON 今 敏 DAY, since it would have been his 52nd birthday.
Kon-sama, I wish you and your mojo were still with us.
Your body of work, as is, was absolutely magical — having impact as it did on Western filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky — and you were a lovely guy to interview and yack with!
Thanks, mate. You are so missed.
Some suggested viewing?
Kon worked as the scriptwriter, layout artist and art director of the stunning film ‘Magnetic Rose‘ 彼女の想いで, the first of three shorts in Katsuhiro Otomo‘s omnibus Memories (1995), and in 2004 Kon released the fascinating, quirky 13-episode television series Paranoia Agent 妄想代理人.
Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブル 1997), Paprika (パプリカ 2006), and especially Millennium Actress (千年女優 2001) — one of the best anime films ever made.
Millennium Actress is poignant, exhilarating, hilarious, sad. It also had a huge influence on my novel One Hundred Years of Vicissitude.
Manga-wise, check out Seraphim (セラフィム 2億6661万3336の翼), which he did in collaboration with Mamoru Oshii (of Ghost in the Shell fame), and OPUS — both of which have been recently re-released by Dark Horse Comics.