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Satoshi Kon, the Japanese director of animated films such as Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress and the Inception-influencing Paprika, has died at the young age of 47. The director reportedly lost a battle with cancer. Read More »
I’m not much of an anime fan. Actually, I actively dislike the bulk of the anime I’ve seen. Movies by Hayao Miyazaki get my attention (there’s an argument to be made that, thanks to different sensibilities when building story and character, Miyazaki’s movies are not anime at all) and so do features by Satoshi Kon. His films are always interesting, even when they don’t work, and since the combo of Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers I’ve perked up every time he gets a new project going.
He’s been working on The Dream Machine (or The Dreaming Machine, as I’ve seen it translated occasionally) for some time, and now we’ve got the first images from the kid-friendly movie. Check ’em out, after the break. Read More »
Previously adapted into a truly splendid feature by anime master Satoshi Kon, Yasutaka Tsutsui’s serialized novel Paprika seems set for the big screen again. This time round, we can expect a live action adaptation by Wolfgang Peterson, the perpetrator of Air Force One and Outbreak.
The novel’s story is a chase mystery revolving around a new technology that allows people to enter one another’s dreams, so there’s little wonder that Moviehole (via Firstshowing) invoke the director’s NeverEnding Story in their rumor-starting piece. What I don’t quite get is their assertion that this project would be Petersen “ostensibly out to court the youngsters again.” I guess they don’t really know the project at all. Is psychotherapy and psychosexual nightmare manipulation typically the stuff of kiddie fare? Kon’s film is definitely an adult picture.
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