April 25, 2010
WHEN DREAMS JUMP INTO REALITY
Paprika is a sci - fi Japanese animation film based on a novel by Yasutaka TsuTsui which he wrote back in 1993. It is directed by Satoshi Kon who did an excellent and revolutionary job with how the movie looked and ran... I was litterally in awe with the animation too by Madhouse Studio.
Paprika the movie was made and screened around 2006. And is about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams.
In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called dream therapy has been invented. A device called the "DC Mini" allows the user to view people's dreams, exploring their unconscious thoughts. The head of the team working on this treatment, Doctor Atsuko Chiba, begins using the machine illegally to help psychiatric patients outside the research facility, using her alter-ego "Paprika", a persona she assumes in the dream world. This movie's plot and twists are quite confusing ... I ended up watching thrice just to understand it and put the strings together and there were still some holes. But in any case... Paprika is not a movie to be understood , same as how a dream is like. It is more of an experience like a dream rather than something logical to understand , like situations whilst you are awake. Paprika is an experience.
I think it's one of the best anime movies I have EVER seen.