Friday, March 2, 2007

Coming Attractions: Paprika

There are few words to describe the majesty of Satoshi Kon's genius, but awesome, heartwarming, and overwhelming are some of them. His unswerving loyalty to the anime form, and his insistence on telling fully-formed feature length stories within its boundaries are examplary.

The main "problem" with anime is that it relies on fairly static character animation complemented by stationary backgrounds over the course of a given shot, if not an entire scene. One has to master both anime as a form and the art of storytelling in order to create a distinctive world within an overall constrictive framework. It is a testament to Kon's talents that he can tell better stories in such an anachronistic, almost antediluvian, style than many of his "contemporaries" in Hollywood.

Like the incredible Tokyo Godfathers before it, Kon's next feature, Paprika, promises to be a feast for the senses and the soul. You can view the trailer here:


Rauf said...

Compare this: Paprika
Her alter-ego is a stunning and fearless 18 year old “dream detective,” code named PAPRIKA, who can enter into people’s dreams and synchronize with their unconscious to help uncover the source of their anxiety or neurosis.

to this: The cell
Catharine Deane is a psychotherapist who is part of a revolutionary new treatment which allows her mind to literally enter the mind of her patients.

Ali Arikan said...

The concept of "entering the mind of someone else," a thinly-veiled and euphemistic Freudian metaphor, is a staple of fantasy and sci-fi literature. "The Cell" does not gel together all that well as a movie (with the killer's mind looking like the video to "Losing My Religion," for obvious reasons) but "Being John Malkovich," and Robert Altman's unsung masterpiece "Images" are excellent examples of the sub-genre in film.

Ali Arikan said...

And obviously the idea of the juxtaposition and dichotomy of reality and dreams, not to mention that of the blurring of the lines in-between, are also explored by various filmmakers from Lynch to Kieslowski.

Oz Kanka said...

According to Technorati, 50 percent of blogs die within three months. 19 days since the last post Ali, your blog isn't dieing is it?