Anime fans have been waiting to see Satoshi Kon's latest effort, Paprika, since it debuted at last year's Venice Film Festival, where it was up for the Golden Lion award. Since then, the film has played a slew of fests, from the New York Film Festival to Tokyo, from Santa Barbara to Istanbul to AFI Dallas. The film finally gets its theatrical release early this summer (at least in New York and Los Angeles, though if it plays really well in those cities, perhaps the rest of the US will get a chance to see it as well). I caught the film with a packed house at a screening at AFI Dallas, and if that crowd's reaction to the film is any indication, the film should do pretty well here.
The film, based on a novel by Japanese sci-fi master Yasutaka Tsutsui, is a trippy, visually rich tale about a group of private scientists at a research facility who have invented a device called the DC Mini that allows "dream detectives" to enter other people's dreams.