||In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the "DC Mini" it is able to act as a "dream detective" to enter into people's dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer's personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name "PAPRIKA," in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.
Hannah's comments: My instant feeling is that the film is like a "Ghost in the Shell"-film with psychological theme. Why? Because some of the sci-fi things and also according to the music. The film was so rich of colors and all the huge fantasystuff, all crazy characters like the formation from a man to a "thing" , or the creation of the movements of things, typical to Satoshi Kon. I´m glad his back to create such crazy films. In a way it reminded me about Kamichu, because of the richness of colors and fantasycharacters.
It is a quite scary theme, so tiny thing can do that you read others dreams. A so tiny thing that can make you slowly be unsure if you are awake or dreaming. Some things to think of in the end. There are some other characters worth naming, they are the inspector, his dreams the film starts about, Dr. Torataro Shima, the really fat guy, Mr Konakawa, who actually looked like the Mr Togusa in the "Ghost in the Shell" film and tv-series.
Over all a really, really nice film, astonishing music, excellent psychological theme and the colorfulness. A bit tricky, but as it should, I guess...