Paprika (2006), co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on the novel of the same name published in 1993 by Yasutaka Tsutsui, is a 2D Japanese animated film based on the psychology of dreams. Similar to the film Inception (2010) by Christopher Nolan. The film was Kon's fourth and final feature film before his death in 2010.
The story begins with the invention of the 'DC Mini', a device that can allow the user to enter the minds and dreams of others. Psychologist Doctor Atsuko Chiba legally uses this device to help her patients by using her alter ego character known as Paprika, that she assumes in the dream world. Due to the lack pf restrictions on the DC Mini, consequences occur when dreams and subconsciousness are stolen and the hunt for the perpetrator begins.
This animation is executed with extreme standards and the flow from one frame to another is flawless, beautifully presented and bold. The ideas and overall screenplay are highly imaginative and allows the audience to be submerged in a world of Japanese culture films. It is the experient of what could happen if humans could share in the subconscious mind of another; and how are dreams are personal and unique and that it should stay that way. Overall, this film is highly inspirational to any aspiring artist, animator or director.