Time Magazine included it in its top 25 animated films of all time, am sorry this is not just hype, but this movie really connects with me intimately, I felt like a child (totally immersed) viewing it, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that inserts you into the dream world only to pull you out again, the fluidity of the scenes is so hypnotic you almost feel as a character in it, the visual and background are so mesmerizing, there is nothing to hate in Paprika, (unless of course you a haaater).
Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction thriller film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1993 novel of the same name, about a device “DC Mini” that permits therapists to enter the dreams of their patients in order to help them. Doctor Atsuko Chiba, is a gorgeous and psychiatrist and researcher at the Institute for Psychiatric Research. She uses the DC Mini illegally to treat psychiatric patients who are not in the confines of the research facility, she moves into their dreams using her alter-ego “Paprika”, a perceptive and aware entity that she adopts in the dream domain.
Access restrictions are absent in the DC Minis because they are unfinished and still at the development stage, so anyone can enter another person’s dreams, (Freddy Kruger would orgasm if he found this device). When they are stolen, it poses a great vulnerability to everyone, instantaneously, the chief of the department, goes on a senseless rant and runs through a window, nearly killing himself. Someone is hiding his/her tracks at the expense of the workers lives.
After Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, was released talks of making a live-action film on Paprika were halted unfortunately, I urge all sci fi fans to check this movie irrespective of whether you love anime or not, you won’t be disappointed at all, I rate Paprika 10/10.