Archive for June 4th, 2007

Add a little "Paprika" to your life

Just recently I saw Satoshi Kon’s latest work “Paprika”. It’s only now that it’s making it’s North American limited release in select cities. I must admit I was very surprised by the film. Anyone who has seen Frederico Fellini’s 8 1/2 would understand what I’m talking about. The trailer posted on the Apple website calls American animators “still in the sandbox while their Japanese counterparts are pushing the limits of the medium”.

I must admit that they’re right.

This film emphasizes that fact. I wouldn’t want to spoil your viewing pleasure of this work of art so what I will do is describe the feeling while watching the moving.

Yes, we all know the words breathtaking and amazing as words to describe the film. The film has surprises in store in every turn of the plot. There’s always something new to see each time you watch it. If you’re a filmmaker you’ll understand what I mean when I say I can really relate to one of the characters.

I admire people who push the limits of the medium. Cartoons are not just for kids the same way comic books are read by people of all ages. I’d push this for an Oscar nomination but I doubt it if it’ll win. If it does, I’d be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s the trailer