Goodbye Millennium Auteur, Satoshi Kon (10/12/63 – 08/24/10)

Satoshi Kon passed away shortly before the age of 47. The world has lost one of the luminaries of the visual medium. I can’t stress enough how devastating it feels to have lost his future contributions this early.

His debut, Magnetic Rose of Otomo’s Memories is one of my absolute favorite short films. Each of his work is stunning in imagery, message and execution. Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika are also among my favorite cinematic achievements.

Satoshi Kon has written his last words, generously translated by Makiko Itoh. It’s a revealing image of the man and draws very interesting key emotions and appreciations present in his films. His appreciation and bonds with his colleagues, friends and family are simultaneously heartwarming and heart-wrenching. Take some time to read it and appreciate the bonds you have in your life, work and legacy.

My sincerest condolences to his loved ones. I bid you a belated farewell, Satoshi Kon.

Posted Saturday, August 28th, 2010 under Artists, Personal News.


  1. I read about this shortly after his passing. It was truly saddening. Very nice of you to make a commemoration in form of this post.

  2. I’ve just revisited his last words again and they still bring forth such gratitude and appreciation. What a wonderful man to have known, even if only through his works and these last words.

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