This past Tuesday the world of cinema lost one of its great auteurs: Japanese animator Satoshi Kon. His films: PERFECT BLUE, MILLENIUM ACTRESS, TOKYO GODFATHERS, PARANOIA AGENT and PAPRIKA. His unfinished most recent feature was to be called DREAMING MACHINES. Satoshi died of pancreatic cancer at the young age of 47, and wrote this letter to be published after his death, which took great courage for me to read. I don't know if any other filmmaker's death in my lifetime has affected me personally in this way. I hope and know that Satoshi Kon felt the gratitude from all of his fans around the world for his contributions to film art.