Asia and the Pacific Screens
Paranoia Agent 妄想代理人
5:00pm - 7:00pm
13 Feb 2014
Lecture Theatre 2, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
Director Kon Satoshi 今敏
2005, three episodes
Japanese with English subtitles
A young woman appears to have been violently beaten by a mysterious assailant she believes to be a boy on roller-blades wielding a baseball bat. But as detectives chase the trail of the juvenile attacker, dubbed “bat boy,” uncanny connections between subsequent victims, including the detective himself, reveal the victims’ secret anxieties, in a surreal, biting critique of our urban selves. Originally made for television by the cult animated film director Kon Satoshi (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika), this series explores the societal angst of a postwar, rapidly industrialized society, and is relatively unique in the anime genre, for its disturbing, self-reflexive insight.
The film screening will be followed by a short discussion.
This film is part of the monthly film series Asia and the Pacific Screens, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.