What is it?
The 2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller anime (animated) movie Paprika.
What is it about?
This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this anime (animated) movie:
A machine allows therapists to enter patient’s dreams.
When it’s stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a woman therapist (nicknamed “Paprika”) seems able to stop it.
Before the movie Inception, there was Paprika, an anime (animated) movie that seems to have been a large inspiration for the movie Inception even though I do not think this has ever been admitted; but in my opinion it was probably borrowed from and / or stolen from and / or heavily used as inspiration for the movie Inception.
I was late to see this anime movie, I only saw this movie several years ago, and so I saw the movie Inception before I saw this movie; and so when I watched this movie it was clear to me that Inception seemed way to similar to this for it to just be a coincidence.
It is a shame that the director of this movie died and was not able to make more anime, including his unfinished movie project called Dreaming Machine, I hope that Dreaming Machine is finished by someone one day.
Paprika is a rare movie because dreams have a large role in this movie, and this movie does a better job than the movie Inception when it comes to its presentation of dreams.
Some of the characters have personal stories and experiences et cetera that seem more real and relatable, and like the director has put things from his life into this movie.
This movie can be surreal at times and is creative and wacky at times, and that makes sense because dreams are often like that.
I thought that this movie was pretty good I think when I saw it a few years ago, I need to see it again one day, and I think that more people should see it at least once especially if you have seen the movie Inception because I am curious if other people also see some of the similarities between both movies.