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Satoshi Kon Passes Away

Acclaimed director, writer leaves behind a strong body of work

By Chris Beveridge     August 24, 2010
Source: Twitter


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Official word likely isn't to come for several hours yet due to the time difference, but according to a tweet from Yasuhiro Takeda from Gainax, it appears that acclaimed writer and director Satoshi Kon has passed away this morning.

Satoshi Kon came to American audiences awareness initially back in 1997 with his directorial debut with Perfect Blue, as released by Manga Entertainment. Kon had gained some notice before with the lush and engaging film Memories in which he wrote the Magnetic Rose segment of, but it was Perfect Blue that garnered him the most attention. From there, he went forward with a number of other films such as Millennium Actress, initially released by DreamWorks in the US, and then Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika which came out from the Sony label in 2003 and 2006 respectively. Satoshi Kon also tried dabbling in TV a bit with the short run series Paranoia Agent which played to some of the themes he's used in movies in the past. 

Satoshi Kon is one of the few directors to break the barrier a bit in his appeal to mainstream western audiences as his films have been well regarded in Hollywood and in the indie film circuit.

You can read reviews of his films that we have here with Paranoia AgentPerfect Blue,Tokyo Godfathers,Millennium Actress,Memories and Paprika. Which ones are your favorites?

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Luis Cruz 8/24/2010 11:54:00 AM

Sad to lose such a talent at a young age.  My condolences to his friends and family.

Hectotane 8/24/2010 3:23:33 PM

Yet ANOTHER great talent who will be missed. :(

majormk 8/25/2010 1:10:43 AM

it is terrible that he is gone, he was so talented. I was fortunate enough to see Paprika at a local art house theatre and fell in love with the film. It was so well written and beautiful. Mr. Kon will be missed greatly!!!

JDWGamers 8/25/2010 10:51:17 AM

 I love his movies, own Paprika, Millennium Actress & Perfect Blue and will soon buy Tokyo Godfathers. Hopefully some anime company will put out a re-release of Paranoia Agent, which I haven't seen. I know it was originally distributed by Geneon; does anyone know if Funimation or other company now holds the U.S. distribution rights?

trazalca 8/26/2010 7:37:07 AM

I was fortunate enough to see Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers. I thought "Tokyo" was one of the most original and character driven stories I had seen in a long time. At times hilarious, other times heartbreaking. Just one of the best anime out there. I even dug Paranoia Agent (and its theme song!) when it was on the air. There wasn't anything like it, or anything to compare it to. What a sad, sad loss.

mikimata 8/28/2010 6:27:34 PM

One of the most brilliant visual talents ever - no one could surpass him for surrealistic vision. He was like the Salvador Dali of anime. Paranoia Agent is one of my absolute favorite series; I re-watch it once a year, at minimum. I've recommended it to people who aren't even anime fans, and they were duly impressed as well. Even when, in my humble opinion, his creative choices misfired, his work was never boring, or basely commercial. The Creative Cosmos has grown dimmer in his absence.

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