标题:Paprika: The Storm of Progress
描述:Paprika, Satoshi Kon’s last film, introduces us to a psychedelic and surreal interpretation of the dreaming mind, but are these unconscious visions the only dreams it explores? This analysis focuses on what Paprika might have to say about our aspirational desires, and why we might fear them as much as we desire them.



This is a fantastic reflection on a film that most people find impenetrable, to the point that even many Satoshi Kon fans write it off as eye candy with little in the way of meaning.



“And hopefully whenever we chose or have chosen, our future can be informed, instead of controlled, by our past.”
Love that quote!



Splendid research. I like how Paprika holds so many meanings and themes that people might focus on one or multiple if can. It inspire me of creating a new character influenced and based on a Vietnamese creation myth and dreams. I thought the english dub was great.



The parade being the Chairman’s fear of the future was something I did not catch. Ace stuff. I dismissed it as wacky surreal imagery. Big mistake. It reminds of No Country For Old Men and True Detective. In NCFOM, specifically it reminds me of the conversation between Sheriff Ed Tom Bell and a fellow sheriff after the death of Llewelyn Moss. They talk about the times changing, how shocked they are that greed is causing such chaos as drug wars. They’re confused that teenagers are dyeing their hair, wearing piercings, unsure of where it’s all leading to. Then you have Uncle Ellis, towards the end of the film, telling Ed Tom that the world’s always been an awful place. That nothing’s changed. Then there’s True Detective. You have Marty talking to Maggie’s father. Her father is waxing on about how the world’s getting worse, to which Marty replies, “You know, throughout history, I bet every old man probably said the same thing. And old men die, and the world keeps spinning.” The DC Mini would allow men like Ed Tom, the sheriff he spoke to, and Maggie’s father to bring to reality their ideal vision of the world, like the Chairman tried to do, instead of accepting reality as it is and doing what they can.

In another scene, Marty is talking about a feeling of time slipping through your fingers. The feeling that the future is behind you, and it always has been. He relates this to failing to be the family man he needed to be. It’s too late to go back and pay more attention to his daughters, it’s too late to be a faithful husband. He accepts it, and is able to move forward. For Kanokawa, it’s too late to go back and undo his envy of his friend. It’s too late to stop himself from tearing their friendship apart. The only thing we can do is accept who we are and do what we can in the present. Marty thanks his wife for the life they had and says goodbye, allowing him to fully help in Rust’s investigation with no doubts. Kanokawa accepts that he can no longer become the filmmaker he wanted to be as a wide eyed youth, allowing him to help Dr. Chiba and co. with no doubts.

Thank you for this video. I finished the film recently and felt like I didn’t get all I could out of it. This really helped.


作为主席对未来的恐惧的游行是我没有注意到的。一流的东西。我把它当作古怪的超现实主义意象。大错特错。它让老人和真正的侦探想起了没有一个国家。在NCFOM,它特别让我想起了艾德·汤姆·贝尔警长和卢埃林·莫斯死后的一位警长的谈话。他们谈论时代的变化,他们是多么震惊,贪婪正在造成这样的混乱,如毒品战争。他们对青少年染发、穿洞感到困惑,不确定这一切会导致什么。电影快结束的时候,埃利斯叔叔告诉埃德·汤姆,这个世界一直都很糟糕。什么都没变。还有真正的侦探。你让马蒂和玛吉的父亲说话。她父亲正在谈论世界是如何变得越来越糟,对此马蒂回答说:“你知道,纵观历史,我敢打赌每个老人可能都说过同样的话。老人们死了,整个世界都在旋转。“DC Mini将允许像Ed Tom,他所交谈过的治安官,以及Maggie的父亲这样的人实现他们对世界的理想愿景,就像主席所做的那样,而不是接受现实,尽他们所能。