What is it?
The 2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller anime (animated) movie Paprika.
What is it about?
Here is how The IMDb describes this anime movie:
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.
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.
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.
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.
So when I watched this movie, it was clear to me that Inception seemed way too 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.
Furthermore, 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 similarities between both movies.
- John Jr