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I barely saw the movie, and I have to say that It was very enjoyable, but at the same time, it was confusing.

What exactly happened to the old man and the guy that was with him? and how exactly did the dreams merge with reality?


Also, did you enjoy the film?
Posted 1/21/15
Paprika is my least favorite Satoshi Kon film (Millennium Actress being noted in my profile as one of my favorite anime of all time though Perfect Blue is right up there). With that, I honestly only watched it because of the director.


I can't help you in the logic of it, but as for the movie itself --- I liked it. I reference the movie a lot... Paraphrasing -- "we can share dreams together!"

Old man and guy that was with him..... I haven't seen the movie since.... 2012. You mean the chief, yes or the head of the department (w/e)?

I apologize for adding so little. I would need to re-watch it to help you with questions. If I'm ever bored I promise to return :3!
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Its a movie.
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0thR wrote:

Paprika is my least favorite Satoshi Kon film (Millennium Actress being noted in my profile as one of my favorite anime of all time though Perfect Blue is right up there). With that, I honestly only watched it because of the director.


I can't help you in the logic of it, but as for the movie itself --- I liked it. I reference the movie a lot... Paraphrasing -- "we can share dreams together!"

Old man and guy that was with him..... I haven't seen the movie since.... 2012. You mean the chief, yes or the head of the department (w/e)?

I apologize for adding so little. I would need to re-watch it to help you with questions. If I'm ever bored I promise to return :3!


Dr. Seijiro Inui the chairman and his accomplice.

These guys:

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I loved the film, though I have to agree that Millennium Actress is my favorite from Satoshi Kon. It's also a little more approachable.

The think to keep in mind with Satoshi Kon is that every film from him, and even his series Paranoia Agent, blends dream and reality. In many respects you aren't meant to be able to tell where the dream ends and reality starts. You also aren't meant to understand why this happens. Inception, if you've seen it, is similar in many respects.

I know this is based on Yasutaka Tsutsui novel of the same name. BTW, he also wrote The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. In any case, I don't know how closely the anime followed the book, though I believe Tsutui-san was pleased with the adaptation.

All of Satoshi Kon's work can be a bit difficult to decipher. IMO, they get better the more you watch them since you pick out more details.

As for your specific question, I assume you mean the Chairman, Seijiro Inui. One interpretation is that his desire to control and restrict dreams--all dreams--is a nightmare form of control. He'd destroy the world, which is why he's morphs into that form at the end of the movie. He literally devours dreams, people, everything.
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I loved the film, though I have to agree that Millennium Actress is my favorite from Satoshi Kon. It's also a little more approachable.

The think to keep in mind with Satoshi Kon is that every film from him, and even his series Paranoia Agent, blends dream and reality. In many respects you aren't meant to be able to tell where the dream ends and reality starts. You also aren't meant to understand why this happens. Inception, if you've seen it, is similar in many respects.

I know this is based on Yasutaka Tsutsui novel of the same name. BTW, he also wrote The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. In any case, I don't know how closely the anime followed the book, though I believe Tsutui-san was pleased with the adaptation.

All of Satoshi Kon's work can be a bit difficult to decipher. IMO, they get better the more you watch them since you pick out more details.

As for your specific question, I assume you mean the Chairman, Seijiro Inui. One interpretation is that his desire to control and restrict dreams--all dreams--is a nightmare form of control. He'd destroy the world, which is why he's morphs into that form at the end of the movie. He literally devours dreams, people, everything.


I have yet to see 'Millennium Actress', but I'll watch it soon, since I enjoyed his other works. Thanks for the info!
Posted 1/21/15 , edited 1/21/15

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I have yet to see 'Millennium Actress', but I'll watch it soon, since I enjoyed his other works. Thanks for the info! :)



I'm so excited for you ^_^.... Millennium Actress is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last
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I'm glad deadpanditto posted. I am unsure of what my state of mind was, but I'll just reply to a poster that said it was a movie..... Satoshi Kon stuff aren't suppose to be summed up in a sentence. That's why I like deadpanditto' post - they explained Kon's works rather well (while I was at a loss of words because I forgot most of Paprika as I admitted).

Anyways, best of luck~~~


edited - fixing the names of who I referenced.
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I enjoyed Paprika and have watched it several times. Lots of energy and I had no problem following the plot which I found interesting.

Thanks on the heads up for Millennium Actress, I will look for that to watch also.
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Then you guys will need to try Tokyo Godfathers as well. It's the funniest of Satoshi Kon's films. While it messes with your mind less than his other films, I still like it a lot. It's also a nice Christmas movie. :D

Edit: And yes, Satoshi Kon is my favorite director. I've yet to be disappointed with anything he's done. Aside from some early work and his unfinished movie, I believe I've seen all of it. His works are very creative, imaginative, and thought provoking. It's tragic he died too young.
Posted 1/21/15
It is a great take on dreams. I very much enjoyed it.

It is a pity we won't see any further films by Satoshi Kon.
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I've only seen it once a long time ago. I don't remember much about it but I remember me not really caring for it. I didn't hate it but it just wasn't for me.
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Sinclairishot wrote:

Its a movie.


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Its been a while since I saw the movie so unfortunately I can't bring any clarity to your questions, but I do recall absolutely loving the movie. It was so interesting to think about and to watch (visually).
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I'm so excited for you ^_^.... Millennium Actress is alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last
><;;;;;

I'm glad deadpanditto posted. I am unsure of what my state of mind was, but I'll just reply to a poster that said it was a movie..... Satoshi Kon stuff aren't suppose to be summed up in a sentence. That's why I like deadpanditto' post - they explained Kon's works rather well (while I was at a loss of words because I forgot most of Paprika as I admitted).

Anyways, best of luck~~~


edited - fixing the names of who I referenced.


lol thanks.
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