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Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine.
As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind. We are never sure exactly whom we should be cheering for, or even if we're rooting for real characters or their avatars.
We're so used to current cautious commercial formulas, it comes as an enjoyable shock to see something like Satoshi Kon's Japanese film, Paprika, which reminds us that with animation, almost anything you can imagine can be represented.
The movie bombards us with so many overlapping fantasies, it's hard -- and in many ways, beside the point -- to keep up with the plot. It's best appreciated by assuming something of a dream state ourselves and enjoying the giddy flow.
Kon rarely cares about the stagnant old real world that his films so frequently transcend. His characters fuss endlessly about fantasy's gripping, consuming power, but he himself seems blissfully unconcerned with where his gorgeous illusions take them.
I can't claim to have followed the story line of Paprika any better than I did Pirates of the Caribbean, but this mind-blowing, adult animated adventure from Japan is half the length and maybe five times as much fun.