Satoshi Kon

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Satoshi Kon (born in Kushiro, Hokkaidō, Japan on October 12, 1963) was a Japanese director of anime films. Kon started his career as a manga artist and editor in Young Magazine, and then made his screenwriting debut with "Magnetic Rose", a section of the anthology film Memories. Kon made his directorial debut film, Perfect Blue, in 1997, followed by Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika and the television series Paranoia Agent. A fifth film, The Dream Machine, is also in production. All of his works as a director have been made by Studio Madhouse, where he was a staff director along with Rintaro and Yoshiaki Kawajiri. He is a founder and part of the 15-member steering committee of the Japan Animation Creators Association (JAniCA) labor group.

Satoshi Kon's death of pancreatic cancer was reported on August 24, 2010. He died shortly before his 47th birthday. Before dying, he left a final statement on his blog.