We have looked at several Inception mash-ups over the last few weeks but this one is a little different. Anime director Satoshi Kon found popularity both in Japan and in the West since his 1998 debut, the mature thriller Perfect Blue. Subsequent hits like Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers are great lead-ups to what will surely be Kon’s swan song, Paprika. Sadly, Kon died of pancreatic cancer last week at the disturbingly young age of 46.
Anime fans have been comparing Paprika with Inception and they share not only some similar visual styles (though are two different media) but similar plot points. In Paprika a researcher uses a device to enter people’s dreams in unsanctioned ways that are “not strictly legal”. Sadly, Satoshi’s Kon’s life and career were cut way too short, but if you haven’t seen any of his animated movies you have a handful of treats to look forward to.