In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.
"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio - Chiba, Tokita, and Shima - assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief's attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother. Written by
Trippy Japanese animé that mixes dreams with reality. You never really know what's going to come next in this picture. It's very entertaining, but only up to a point. It never establishes its own reality, so the constant surrealism does grow tiring after a while. And the characters are thin. A movie with such fantastic imagery shouldn't be as easily forgotten as this one is, and if I cared more about the story and the characters, that wouldn't be the case. I love the drawings themselves, but the animation is choppy, certainly much more so than a Ghibli film. My only other experience with Satoshi Kon is Tokyo Godfathers, and I do prefer Paprika to that for sure. It is quite fun. Certainly worth renting, if not going to the theater.
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