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Satoshi Kon, Paprika

Special On Location Report from the 2006 Venice Film Festival: Paprika is an unusual, ambitious and highly entertaining Japanese anime feature from a master of hand-drawn animation, Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers). For the artistic director who is known for his realistic depiction of the world, Paprika represents a radical change, having a consciously cartoon-y feel as it tells of a new invention that will let scientists see and experience a person's dreams. When the device is stolen and used for ill, a heroine must come to the rescue in the form of a brainy scientist who adopts the altar ego of Paprika, a peppy Japanese teen who goes inside the dreams to solve the heist. Satoshi Kon, 41 and very reserved, speaks in Japanese (21 minutes).


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Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.