Our protagonist, Dr Chia, helps her patients by utilising a newly invented psychotherapeutic device – the DC Mini. With it, she enters the patient’s dreams and assumes her alter ego, Paprika, to seek out the source of their psychological discomfort.
However, when the DC Mini is stolen, the antagonist starts to abuse the dreams, allowing them to transcend into reality in the hopes of letting his dreams materialize. The film climaxes in a brilliant mix of surrealism where she fights to return to reality.
For such a satisfying film, the DVD bonus features leave much to be desired. The subtitle don’t complement the English dialogue; the extras – mostly interviews with crews – are in Japanese with only Japanese subtitle available. What on earth are they thinking?