“Paprika” is a sci-fi/fantasy movie based on the novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui and directed by the late Satoshi Kon. In the near future, a new psychological therapy treatment called Dream Therapy is invented. A device called a DC Mini is a tool that helps the therapist to view the patient’s dreams. However, three of them are stolen, so it’s up to Dr. Atsuko Chiba and her alter ego Paprika to find out who the culprit is. What she finds out may affect the entire waking world.
“Paprika” is a very good movie that shows why wanting to retreat into a magical fantasy world may actually be a horribly selfish idea. It’s also nice that the film shows that science was formed in the first place because of the creative spark and the desire to dream big. One of the best scary scenes in Paprika is when two scientists are speaking silly gibberish while being carted away to the hospital. It shows that despite the cheery atmosphere, there’s something seriously wrong. Honolulu Satoshi Kon fans should watch it as soon as possible.
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