TOKYO GODFATHERS
2003, GKIDS, 93 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya

A tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, this animated masterpiece written and directed by Satoshi Kon is by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original. In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these outcasts band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts and learn to face their futures. Loosely based on John Ford's 1948 film 3 GODFATHERS.


PAPRIKA
PAPURIKA
2006, Sony Pictures Classics, 90 min, Japan, Dir: Satoshi Kon

The final film from animator Satoshi Kon offers a mash-up of fantasy and waking life that would be echoed in Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION a few years later. In the near future, an experimental device called the DC Mini allows people to view others’ dreams. A promising tool for psychotherapy, Dr. Chiba uses it on her patients, adopting the alter-ego “Paprika” to enter their nocturnal reveries. But when the DC Mini is stolen by those who would abuse its power, dream worlds begin to impinge on reality, and only Paprika can bring an end to the chaos. Named one of the 25 All-Time Best Animated Films by Time magazine, PAPRIKA’s hallucinatory logic and dazzling visuals are mesmerizing. In Japanese with English subtitles.


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