movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] The director of Perfect Blue, Satoshi Kon, just died (as of writing this review in 8/2010), and this was a recommended movie that he also worked on. Thanks Ben Wu!

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Technology kills thousands of people.

PEOPLE: Directed by Satoshi Kon.

QUIRKS: Based on a book. Dreams, reality, and blurring the line between. Lots of WTF moments. And probably a lot of of deeper symbolism and meaning that we probably totally missed. A machine is created that lets people infiltrate other peoples’ dreams. But then it gets stolen, leading to what more or less constitutes “dream terrorism”.

VISUALS: Awesome dreamworld visuals!

MORALS: …Not sure. There’s probably one in there somewhere. It was too deep for me to notice :)

POLITICS: Technology can be dangerous.

BAD STUFF: One flaw was using some techno mumbo-jumbo to advance things, but you can’t really expect such things to really be explained. There’s no hard science to state how the dream infiltrating device works. That’s okay. Another flaw is that there are subplots that don’t really seem to be that connected. The solving of the murder in the Detective’s past simply doesn’t seem like it’s necessary to advance the story about dreams and reality colliding. Also, the mumbo-jumbo that people said in their dreams was completely meaningless — it might have been nice if it was a bit more relevant, rather than, “I’m crazy now and am staying crazy stuff.” Other than the seemingly superfluous murder subplot, these flaws barely detract from what is a fine, fine anime. I can’t believe that people complain that [highlight for spoilers] the fat guy got the girl! Superficial dicks.

CONCLUSION: Pretty amazing, surreal movie. Animated dreamworld made it quite a visual treat, in addition to a hell of a better dream-related story than Dreamscape or The Cell (both of which I loved). TRIPPY AND FUN!

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 9/10.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.7/10, Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.1/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Don’t watch this dubbed! Bad translations. ALWAYS WATCH ANIME SUBBED, NOT DUBBED.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Satoshi Kun’s next movie, The Dreaming Machine, will probably continue to be produced after his death. It’s probably out by the time this review was actually posted to my blog. It’s supposed to be on somewhat similar subject matter, but more aimed at kids. It’s not Paprika 2.

Also, Paprika is supposedly being remade in 2013, but details are sparse.

People keep mentioning Inception, and whether it “ripped off” this movie (even though Inception development began in 2000); it’s a hot topic on Paprika’s IMDB board.


Paprika: Don’t you think dreams and the Internet are similar? They are both areas where the repressed conscious mind vents.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Well, I know Ben Wu recommends this, cause he was the one who told us to watch it!

Music: Pink Floyd – Any Colour You Like