You may use other research materials to help develop your argument—course readings,
other journal articles, books, e-journals (academic/refereed Web sites). Blogs, Wikipedia,
and the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) are not acceptable.
Essay question: Perfect Blue incorporates many different genres: psychological thriller, quest-forindividuality, coming of age, slasher horror, and even crime/mystery. As Tom Mes suggests,
here “movies… serve as the catalyst for an increasingly confused reality” (Mes, 2007: 48).
How can we read Perfect Blue as not only a search for identity, but a comment on or critique
of the function of media (including other forms of technology) in influencing, building, or
corrupting an ‘independent’ identity?