Millennium Actress Steelbook arrives in March

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Satoshi Kon was one of the finest anime feature film directors. After making the highly praised Perfect Blue, Kon went deeper with Millennium Actress. What seems like a simple celebrity interview turns into a journey through time and space for the camera crew. The film was the perfect sophomore effort for Kon. Now Millennium Actress is getting released on Blu-ray with a Steelbook in March. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory and Eleven Arts:

The captivating anime feature Millennium Actress will be released as a gorgeous new Blu-ray Steelbook from Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory on March 22, 2022. This release includes the original Japanese audio and the 2019 English dub, as well as a number of bonus features including The Making of Millennium Actress Featurette, which features a rare interview with director Satoshi Kon.

Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting, and orders placed on the site will receive a collectable poster as a gift with purchase, while supplies last. 

Boasting countless awards and recognitions, including Grand Prize winner in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival, Millennium Actress is a must see for anime fans of all ages. The incredible film from legendary director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) and famed anime studio Madhouse (Perfect Blue, Wolf Children, Death Note) is “a lovely Valentine to the golden age of Japanese filmmaking and an era of gentler, deeper feelings” (San Francisco Chronicle). When the legendary Ginei Studios shuts down, filmmaker Genya Tachibana and his assistant are tasked with interviewing its reclusive star, Chiyoko Fujiwara, who had retired from the spotlight 30 years prior. As Chiyoko recounts her career, Genya and his crew are literally pulled into her memories where they witness her chance encounter with a mysterious man on the run from the police. Despite never knowing his name or his face, Chiyoko relentlessly pursues that man in a seamless blend of reality and memory that only Satoshi Kon could deliver. 

Millennium Actress Bonus Features:
The Making of Millennium Actress Featurette, featuring a rare interview with director Satoshi Kon
Voice actress Laura Post interview
Voice actress Abby Trott interview
Producer Taro Maki interview
Producer Masao Maruyama interview 

About Eleven Arts
Eleven Arts is a Los Angeles-based distribution company known for bringing high-quality Japanese animation to North America. Eleven Arts’ most recent titles include STUDIO4°C’s Poupelle of Chimney Town, Gintama THE VERY FINAL, and SHIROBAKO The Movie. Eleven Arts’ catalog includes critically acclaimed titles such as A Silent Voice, Millennium Actress, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, Penguin Highway and more. 

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a leading multi-platform media company devoted to film and TV distribution, development, and production, as well as the preservation and revitalization of the very best in pop-culture entertainment. Founded by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos in 2003, Shout! owns and manages a large portfolio of films, contemporary and classic TV series, animation, and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including GKIDS, Sesame Street, The Carol Burnett Show, The Johnny Carson Show, IFC Films, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, ITV Studios, Major League Baseball Productions, and many others. Shout! Factory Kids focuses on live-action and animated kids and family properties as well as anime, and the company releases films and television shows in other genres under the Scream Factory and Shout Select imprints. Shout! develops, acquires and distributes new films via Shout! Studios, owns and operates libraries including Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson) and the Roger Corman New Horizon Pictures Library, and operates the acclaimed streaming service Shout! Factory TV. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit
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