A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.
Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.
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
Now if you are an anime fan then this review is preaching to the converted.Satoshi Kon has gone way out with his hallucinatory stance. The images throughout this movie are reminiscent of bigtime madhatter-teaparty type LSD trip visuals. The storyline is akin to a Philip K. Dick story with the main character,Paprika,moving through dreamscapes that are lush,weird nd sometimes disturbing. PAPRIKA is the movie that pulls the rug from beneath the viewer,leaving you wanting to replay it straight away.
As always there is the referential stuff going on,comic styles make themselves apparent to the initiated. Definitely some Wally Wood influence,5o's children's book illustration,Belgian comics et al. If you want to introduce someone to the magic of anime then this is an ideal place to start.
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