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The word "auteur" was already being thrown around after Kon Satoshi's first film, Perfect Blue, in 1997, and in the ensuing ten years he has made good on that promise. If in his next two films, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers, Kon sealed his status as one of the greatest anime directors ever, then his latest Paprika confirms once more that he is simply one of the most wildly imaginative filmmakers working today. With his fourth film, Kon offers his most mind-bending masterpiece yet.

Unassuming Atsuko Chiba is a psychotherapist and dream detective. She conducts research with a cutting-edge device called "DC-MINI" that allows users to enter and manipulate people's dreams. As her dream alter ego Paprika, Atsuko becomes everything she isn't in the real world - young, exotic, fearless, and strengthened with the ability to help the troubled minds she enters. When a DC-MINI prototype is stolen from the lab, however, the healing device becomes a dangerous weapon in the wrong hands. Researchers are driven mad as dreams and reality collide uncontrollably, leaving Atsuko/Paprika with the task of hunting down the culprit in a stunningly beautiful, yet sinister dreamscape.

Paprika is based on a novel by renowned sci-fi satirist Tsutsui Yasutaka, whose works have been adapted into films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and The World Sinks Except Japan. As with Kon Satoshi's other works, the film is produced by Studio Madhouse, and rendered in a bold, bright, and kinetic blend of 3-D and traditional animation.

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Product Title: Paprika (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 盜夢探偵 (VCD) (香港版) 盗梦探侦 (VCD) (香港版) パプリカ Paprika (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Kon Satoshi 今敏 今敏 今敏 Kon Satoshi
Release Date: 2007-10-05
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Duration: 90 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Other Information: 2VCDs
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1005064604

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導演︰今敏
Director: Kon Satoshi

精神治療師千葉敦子與天才科學家時田浩作合力研製出一個可以走入病人夢境,進行治療的裝置「DC迷你」。可是在獲得政府批准使用之前卻被人盜走了。唯恐有人濫用該裝置在精神層面上犯案,千葉自告奮勇協助調查事件。但原來她擁有不為人知的另一面︰她是一名「夢探偵」,代號「紅辣椒」,能闖入並監看他人的夢境。這次千葉出手,誓要在夢與現實交錯的境界線上,捉拿「盜夢恐怖分子」的主腦,以保人類的安危。

Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination - where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. The magical tale centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject's dream. After being stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device - before it falls into the hands of a "dream terrorist" in this gripping anime thriller from acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.
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Professional Review of "Paprika (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 22, 2007

This professional review refers to Paprika (2006) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Perhaps more than any other filmmaker working today, Japan's Satoshi Kon is an explorer of the subconscious mind. While Tokyo Godfathers stands as an exception to the rule, Kon's work is overwhelmingly concerned with questions of memory, perception and identity. It is territory that Kon works better than anyone else working today and he is in fine form with Paprika, which may very well be his finest work to date.

Adapted from a popular novel of the same name, Paprika revolves around a group of experimental scientists who have developed a new psychiatric tool. Known as the DC Mini, the device allows a treating doctor to enter directly into their patient's dream, interacting with them to diagnose and treat any issues that the dream may suggest - a premise quite similar to that at play in The Cell. The project is in danger, however, with the three latest DC Mini devices, just completed and without the proper security protocols installed, stolen from their creator, the absentminded behemoth Dr. Tokita. With security measures removed, the thieves can use these devices to force themselves into people's minds, trapping them in bizarre visions of the criminals' own choosing and - most disturbing - they are showing an increasing ability to do this even to waking minds. The most likely hope in fighting against this threat is Paprika, the alter ego of Dr. Chiba - the lead treating psychiatrist experimenting with the DC Mini and herself plagued by an extreme split personality quite possibly brought on by early experimentation with the DC Mini technology, though the actual cause of her condition is never made specific. Whatever her origins, Paprika is fully at home in the world of dreams and able to easily manipulate the reality found there.

The film finds Kon mining his favorite and most fertile ground, the strange subconscious urges and desires that shape and manipulate our daily lives whether we are consciously aware of them or not. Nobody captures the shifting reality of dream life better than Kon, the peculiar logic that rules there, the unsettling way that dreams can turn from pleasant to terrifying seemingly without warning. The urges that boil beneath the surface are Kon's playground. The director worked very similar territory to this in his recent television series Paranoia Agent - on which he collaborated with the same screenwriter as on Paprika - but while the show bogged down in abstraction in the middle episodes, Kon here strikes a much better balance between ideas and entertainment. Those who want to dig into the meat of his ideas will find plenty of nourishment here but those who wish to skim across the surface and simply be entertained will also find much to love.

In the past - notably with Tokyo Godfathers - Kon's films have been somewhat limited by his relatively small budgets and the correspondingly simple, even primitive, animation. Though Kon has a loyal and vocal critical following, his critical successes have not generally translated into large commercial audiences as of yet and so he lacks the sorts of budgets that his peers - and sometime collaborators - Katsuhiro Otomo and Mamoru Oshii have been granted to explore their unique visions. But while earlier efforts may have been hampered by production values that couldn't keep up with Kon's vision, there is no such problem here. With animation produced by the respected Madhouse animation studio, Kon here has visuals every bit as lush and detailed as his fertile imagination can produce. Animation buffs will also take note that while there may very well be a CG assist here and there, this appears to be a dominantly hand drawn affair, a rarity these days.

Kon's fascination with the mind coupled with his abundant willingness to challenge his audience - he is a director that flat out refuses to spoon feed easy answers - are his greatest strengths and also, ironically, the very factors that will likely always keep him out of the top tier of commercial animators. Along with the aforementioned Oshii and Otomo, Kon is a director that transcends the standard limitations associated with anime, completely disinterested in the fan service and stock scenarios that drive otaku into a tizzy. But while he may never find mass acceptance with the cosplay crowd, Kon is a true auteur and a fierce talent that deserves to be more widely discovered.

by Todd Brown - Twitchfilm.net

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Customer Review of "Paprika (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

Kevin Kennedy
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January 2, 2008

This customer review refers to Paprika (DVD) (US Version)
Mind-blowing anime Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Satoshi Kon's "Paprika" tells of a new technology that allows dreams to be viewed in a manner similar to movies, hence allowing analysts to see how the dreamer's subconscious is revealed in the dreams. Indeed, the technology allows the analyst actually to enter into and participate in the dreams.

Something has gone terribly wrong with this technology and it is leading to people who have been exposed to it to commit suicide. Now it seems that individual dreams are merging into a collective delusion, which is blurring the line between reality and dreams. A trio of intrepid investigators seek to get things under control.

This bare-bones description of the plot may be a bit misleading. Watching "Paprika" is like walking through a funhouse hall of mirrors. It can be very difficult to discern what the heck is going on; one is left agog at the wild imagery.

If you liked the bizarre, mind-bending ending of the anime classic "Akira", then you will love this exuberantly colorful and action-packed tale. If you preferred the warm, human story of Satoshi Kon's previous film "Tokyo Godfathers", then this may not be your cup of tea. I recommend "Paprika" to all serious anime buffs.
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