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Paprika (2006)
May 27, 2011, 8:53 pm
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Director: Satoshi Kon

The last film that Satoshi Kon completed before his premature death (his final film is scheduled to be released posthumously), Paprika is a challenging, sometimes frustrating epic. After a thief exploits a governmentally unsanctioned psychotherapy device which allows one to enter another’s mind through their dreams, the film’s own state of consciousness is drawn into question as the dream and real worlds coalesce. From a technological standpoint, it’s curious that the film, which seems to condemn such an invention, makes a villain out of the chairman, who champions the natural world and chastises the supporters of the device for poisoning something as sacred as the subconscious. In this respect, Kon takes an unusually neutral viewpoint – though exploring the limits of science, Kon shows an equally critical eye towards the technophobists who condemn the very nature of such scientific aspirations.

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