Directed & Written by Satoshi Kon (Sony Pictures Classics, 2006, 90 min., 35mm)
Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius scientist by day, and a kick-ass dream warrior named PAPRIKA by night. In this psychedelic sci-fi adventure, it will take the skills of both women to save the world… 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 devise 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.
Introduction by Dr. Sarah Frederick, Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature, Boston University. Print from the Yale Film Archive.
This screening is presented as part of an ongoing film series entitled “Monsters in Motion: Spring Film Series on Animated Monsters and/in East Asia.”
Photo and synopsis courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.