As a big fan of Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress I expected to enjoy Paprika and wasn’t disappointed in the least. The story can be a pretty confusing because it keeps switching between reality and dream and back again, but the main plot line is a 550 pound scientist Tokita Kosaku invents a machine the DC-mini that allows someone to enter into another persons dreams. Chiba Atsuko is the psycho-therapist who enters the dreams as the beautiful and dynamic Paprika. Someone steals the machine and starts using it as a dream terrorist. The machine is strong enough to eliminate the dreamer’s personality.
This anime may not be everyone; if you expect a linear storyline and always want to understand what is going on this movie will drive you crazy. But if you like writers like Philip K Dick, or movies like Dreamscape the 1984 Dennis Quaid movie that cover some of the same ground but not as vividly (anime is just perfect for this kind of movie), or Kon’s Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent I think you’ll really enjoy this too. The music is done by Susumu Hirasawa who also did the music for Paranoia Agent and really fits well in the reality bending themes of the movie.
Download the movie from Asian DVD Club get the bit torrent file here. It is a DVD screener and the watermark at the top has been blurred, which can be a little distracting at times. I look forward to when this title is licensed and I can buy a copy of the movie.