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"Paprika" (joint Meetup with Japanese Literature Ass'n)

Join us for a joint Meetup showing of Satoshi Kon's 2006 anime feature film PAPRIKA, based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Meetup time is 7 and we'll start the movie about 7:15. Afterwards we'll go next door to Moe & Johnny's for discussion and a beverage.

From my review:

Like a lot of science fiction films, Paprika has a fairly complicated premise and a fairly simple story. The premise is that scientists have developed a device to enter, participate in and manipulate dreams. The effect is rather like an interactive virtual reality where the reality is a vivid, hyperactive, constantly fluctuating dream state. The dreamer and other people can move through the dream, affect it and become trapped in it. Some people enter the dream as themselves and others travel through it as alter egos representing a wished for self.

Designed for therapeutic use, the device is stolen and strange (and very strange) things start to happen. The plot concerns the efforts of a motley group – some of the scientists who developed the device and a detective in dream therapy – to recover it.

Paprika explores classic science fiction themes of altered memories, fractured identity, psychiatric manipulation, modern technological alienation, scientific hubris, and more. Throw in themes of the consequences of societal pressure to excel and conform (of particular resonance in Japanese culture), and Paprika is as intelligent and challenging a science fiction film as you’ll find. Though the themes are serious, the treatment is lively, exciting, often funny, and always entertaining.

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  • Helen

    love this movie, especially the humor and the homage to classic cinema

    November 23, 2013

  • Steve K.

    I was hoping to be there for this one... sounds great! But sadly, a conflict has arisen.

    November 19, 2013

  • Glenn S.

    Sorry, going to have to bow out. Conflicting events. :(

    November 18, 2013

4 went

  • Helen
    Event Host
  • Gary
    Event Host
  • Timothy V.
    Event Host
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