A haiku from the article: A Fine-Feathered Family Nest
He always looks sad
Long sad manga
Millennium Actress - Satoshi Kon - 2001
Before watching Millennium Actress I’d read that it was loosely based on the life of Setsuko Hara but that isn’t very accurate at all, although the main character is a much loved actress who, like Hara now lives a reclusive life away from the spotlight.
What is interesting though are the various nods to many classic Japanese films throughout the story. Not exactly direct pastiches - Satoishi Kon said he “…drew on a vague general impression of the history of Japanese filmmaking…" - I noticed Throne of Blood, Tokyo Story, Twenty-Four Eyes and I’m sure there are many more.