|Fig. 1 Paprika Poster.|
|Fig. 2 Warped dream hallway.|
The central theme in Paprika is the use of dreams as a vehicle into the minds of others. A new machine has been invented that allows for the wearer's dreams to be recorded onto a computer and watched back. This leads to the machine gaining too much power and, with sinister help, unleashing dreams into reality. Frenchy Lunning expressed that "Paprika reinvents some well-known concepts— that dreams are windows into other realities and have great power, that the boundaries of self are not set by consensus reality, that troubles stew in the worlds revealed by dreams, and that dreams can be accessed like playing a DVD with the bio-psycho-electronic DC-Mini machine in the film." (Lunning, 2009: 326) Dreams have always been considered significant when it comes to understanding the subconscious mind. Although some believe them to be just jumbles of thoughts from the previous day, others consider them to be revealing of the person's inner desires. To see a dream in the real world would allow the viewer to glance through a window into the dreamer's reality while they are sleeping. To then put this onto a DVD and watch it back combines the ethereal dream realm with a harsh mechanical reality that leads to a much more convoluted and unpredictable reality. It is this convoluted reality that was caused by the twisted desires of the films villain. As MacWilliams divulged, that Paprika is "a disturbing science fiction feature film about the possibilities of psycho-terrorism." (MacWilliams, 2008:275) The film's villain, a crippled old man that desires power, wants nothing more than to take control of the world around him by removing all light and spreading his warped nightmarish darkness into the world.
|Fig. 3 Dr. Chiba and her alter-ego Paprika.|
List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Paprika (2006) Paprika poster. At: http://www.impawards.com/2006/posters/paprika_xlg.jpg (Accessed on: 22.02.12)
Figure 2. Paprika (2006) Warped dream hallway. At: http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/1511/paprika2006dvdripxvidac.jpg (Accessed on: 22.02.12)
Figure 3. Paprika (2006) Dr. Chiba and her alter-ego Paprika.. At: http://animemovieguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/paprika.jpg (Accessed on: 22.02.12)
Lunning, Frenchy (2009) Mechademia 4. USA: University of Minnesota Press.
MacWilliams, Mark W. (2008) Japanese Visual Culture : Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime. USA: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.