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Satoshi Kon and Identity
Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon is mostly known for his work in animation but is known to have influenced live-action filmmakers such as Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler, Black Swan).
Over the course of his career he's explored the idea of a singular person living struggling to balance two lives. His final film explores this as well even though it's only a minute in length.
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Ohayo and Analysis

In my opinion, Kon's final film is a beautifully crafted masterpiece. Kon establishes story and character in the matter of seconds without the use of dialogue.
Images of gifts, birthday cards, and empty glasses around the protagonist's apartment give the audience a quick look into the day before. A quick shot of her eyes starting to close as the alarm goes off lets us know that she didn't get any sleep, either.
The rest of the film is where Kon shows an internal struggle of opposites that exist within one person in -- probably -- the most relatable way possible. Separating his protagonist into two almost adds a magical quality to the world we live in. It suggests that our "dream-self" exists outside of our "living-self" and there's a small moment every morning where both identities appear at the same time.
It's definitely a film I can constantly rewatch (its length makes it a lot easier to as well). Feel free to let me know if you caught on to anything I didn't or if you just want to talk about how it resonated with you, that's cool too.
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