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Satoshi Kon Book Adds Message by Black Swan's Aronofsky (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Cast members, colleagues discuss late director's life work in June retrospective

The Japanese publisher G.B. will be releasing a book titled Kon Satoshi Anime Zen-Shigoto (Satoshi Kon's Animation Works) on June 15, and the book includes a message by Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, among others.

In collaboration with the anime Studio Madhouse and the director's company KON'STONE, the book covers the life work of the late anime creator Satoshi Kon from his directorial debut feature (Perfect Blue) to the posthumous Yume-Miru Kikai film. Kon passed away last August. Among the titles the book discusses are Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, and Paranoia Agent. Anime critic Ryūsuke Hikawa provided commentaries on the titles, accompanied by color images.

In the interview section, the voice cast members of Paprika (Megumi Hayashibara, Kouichi Yamadera), Perfect Blue (Junko Iwao), and Paranoia Agent (Mamiko Noto) offer their recollections on the director. In addition, Production I.G producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (who knew Kon since he was young) and Jin-Roh director Hiroyuki Okiura relate personal stories, and the book includes a message that Aronofsky gave upon Kon's passing. (Kon had written in his blog about meeting Aronofsky in 2001, after the release of Aronofsky's Pi and before the release of Kon's Millennium Actress.)

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the news tip.

Source: Cinema Today

Update: Darren Aronofsky's spelling corrected. Thanks, Apollo-kun.

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