Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they’ve invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people’s minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio – Chiba, Tokita, and Shima – assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief’s attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother. —IMDb
Satoshi Kon is a film director from Kushiro, Hokkaidō, Japan. Kon attended Musashino College of the Arts and intended to become a painter. After college, he worked with Katsuhiro Otomo on the manga World Apartment Horror. Kon entered the anime industry by working as set designer for Roujin Z (1991), for which Otomo was the screenwriter and mechanical designer. Kon’s early work was strongly influenced by Otomo due to Kon’s experience with him. Afterwards, Kon made his screenwriting debut with Magnetic Rose, a section of the anthology film Memories.
In 1997, Satoshi Kon released his directorial debut film Perfect Blue, which was turned into a feature film from an original video animation in the middle of production. His next film, Millennium Actress, was released in 2001 to several film festivals and won numerous awards. Having created two films that blend dreams and reality, Kon decided to work on a more linear and traditional… read more
Not really sure how I feel about this one. Visually it's a treat, but plotwise...? I'm gonna need to rewatch this to figure out the storyline for sure. Or figure out if there really is one. Or if there even needs to be.
The blend of dreams and reality flerts with us all the more frequently! The scetch, the colors, the whole animation of this movie was beautiful, it really got my mind to thinking about Perfect Blue. As for the storyline...It cannot be said that it was perplex to the point of not being understood, but it did have its moments of non-comprehensiveness. All in all, it was a wonderfully spent 1.28 min.
The news that groundbreaking anime director Satoshi Kon has passed away at the age of 47 was initially met with skepticism, but many are
Paprika sem dúvida é um dos grandes representantes da filmografia do falecido diretor Satoshi Kon. O filme brilha esteticamente na produção gráfica e em sua temática íntima simples. A experiência pela… read review
I’ve enjoyed his previous films and this was no different. Engaging visuals, nice composition/characterization/direction, and a suitably mind-mincing story — mainly an excuse for surreal adventure… read review