Maya is a young woman who spends her afternoons at school and her evenings helping out with the family restaurant, but secretly she loves acting and is lucky enough to see the play Madam White Rose one day. Afterwards, she is cast in the school production as Bibi, the sad and pitiful girl. Troubled by the role, Maya seeks out advice from a mysterious woman who tells her to 'wear Bibi's mask'. Through that experience, Maya realizes that the stage is her true passion, and she sets off to fulfill her dream to be a great actress, great enough to play the role of the Crimson Goddess. But is she as talented as her rival, the famous Ayumi?
What starts as a simple interview of a legendary actress becomes a journey through the history of Japan. But this is no ordinary lesson; from the perspective of this actress, we learn of the beauty and sadness of love, the pain and regret and joy of the Japanese people and their film, through this film: Millennium Actress.
Millennium Actress and Glass Mask both have acting as a theme. Glass Mask is about an up-and-commer while Actress is about a seasoned actress reflecting on her life. They're two sides of the same coin. I personally enjoyed Actress more, but if you liked one, you will probably like the other.