Paprika (2006)

Satoshi Kon directs Megumi Hayashibara, Tōru Emori and Katsunosuke Hori in this anime sci-fi where scientists try to solve the mystery of a stolen dream decoding technology.

Beautiful dreamer – manga edition! There’s a lot of ideas and imagery here and not all of it sticks. I’m not sure whether it is even supposed to. Noteworthy as there clearly are a few plot concepts and visual echoes that found themselves into Inception only a few years later. The final near-apocalyptic overspill of fantasy into reality seems to predict social media’s persuasive influence on everyday life and interaction at least five years ahead of time. This is a prescient little trip but a bit too unwieldy to fully enjoy as much more than a colourful academic exercise.


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