Director Satoshi Kon Dies at 46

Topic started by Boddington on Aug. 25, 2010. Last post by Cybexx 4 years, 2 months ago.
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9

Word began popping up around Twitter yesterday early afternoon, but we wanted to wait for solid confirmation before running anything: cutting-edge director Satoshi Kon has unfortunately lost a battle with pancreatic cancer at the young age of 46. Confirmation of the news came from the Twitter accounts of Masao Maruyama of Studio Madhouse and Yasuhiro Takeda of Gainax, both acquaintances of the director and contemporaries. 
Kon's films stand above run-of-the-mill anime offerings for the simple fact that, had they been made as live-action, effects-driven psychological dramas, they'd still have been brilliant works. He specialized in a twisting and beautiful form of psychological drama that challenged perceptions of reality for both his characters and the audience. His directorial debut title, 1997's Perfect Blue, made the rounds on the festival circuit and was well-received by critics and audiences alike. Darren Aronofsky liked it so much he bought the film's rights just to use a single scene in his title Requiem for a Dream, and Madonna used clips from it for a music video and concert background projection. His subsequent works Millennium ActressTokyo GodfathersParanoia Agent and Paprika were each stood as monuments to Kon's skill as a director. 
He was busy on a new film before his cancer caused him to stop working. The Dream Machine will be released posthumously some time in 2011. Just before he passed, Kon left a message to fans on his website that translates into English as:

 "Full of gratitude for all that is good in the world, I put my pen down. Well, it's time to go." 

R.I.P. Satoshi Kon, 1963-2010
Post by rubberluffy (596 posts) See mini bio Level 16
I've only seen Perfect Blue, and it was certainly an interesting story.  I can't really call myself a fan of his work, as all I've seen is PB, but this is a sad day.   Perhaps I'll go and watch some of his other work.
Post by Djratchet (1 posts) See mini bio Level 4
He will be missed. 
(Also, you guys kinda repeated yourselves....)
Post by Boddington (169 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Hrm, some kind of technical glitch was making it repeat the text a few times. Fixed now.
Post by YotaruVegeta (608 posts) See mini bio Level 12
I read he was 47
Post by shels (217 posts) See mini bio Level 19
I've already seen everything from him and must say that he was a master in what he did,
A great loss to  anime and certainly to the world..
Post by Kraznor (1 posts) See mini bio Level 3

Really sad news. Great filmmaker, every single one of his films is worth seeing.

Post by NickLott (2 posts) See mini bio Level 3
 Very sad about this. One of the unique voices in Japanese animation amongst a sea of pandering garbage that anime has devolved into. A huge hole has been left by him.    
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
I loved all you're movies R.I.P T_T
Post by WarlordPayne (33 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Satoshi Kon was like Miyazaki, if I watched something that he made I knew I was in for something special.  This strikes me as an enormous tragedy for the anime industry, when many shows are so formulaic and content to just copy whatever else is popular his really seemed to stand out.
Post by Undeadpool (12 posts) See mini bio Level 10
This is terrible! Paranoia Agent was one of the last anime I watched and really enjoyed. We've truly lost one of the great paradigm shifters of anime. 
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,648 posts) See mini bio Level 25
Nice to see this news finally made it to the front page. While I was never a fan of his series. I did recognize the quality behind the work. He deserved to be honored in more than just a forum post.
Post by Bigheart711 (4,184 posts) See mini bio Level 21
He definitely will be missed. R.I.P. :_(
Post by Bunnyman (5 posts) See mini bio Level 3
Saw him hold a lecture at the Stockholm Film House a few years ago. He was humble and funny.  
I wish everyone who enjoyed his work would have had the opportunity to see him like that. 
Here is a brief account of that most memorable evening-
Post by Thisguy (7 posts) See mini bio Level 10
I have seen perfect blue, as well as millennium actress. It seems a real shame that a talented person passes away when so young and could offer a lot more to other people R.I.P
Post by DBZ_universe (15,755 posts) See mini bio Level 17
Post by dcfox (4 posts) See mini bio Level 9
RIP Satoshi Kon. The world is a sadder place without you.
Post by Papasan (160 posts) See mini bio Level 9

If anyone at New People in San Francisco is reading this, a special screening of "Paprika" at Viz Cinema is certainly in order, don't you think?
Post by FoxxFireArt (2,648 posts) See mini bio Level 25
I wouldn't go to that, since it's VIZ; but it's a nice sentiment. Thanks for sharing that bit.
Post by frsty13 (30 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Just re-watched Tokyo Godfathers.  Still among the greatest films I've ever seen.  RIP.
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