Re: Inception vs. Paprika controversy , 開始対パプリカ論争

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It only took a month, but American entertainment blogs are finally commenting on the similarities b/tw both films and the mash-ups @ http://www.cinematical.com/2010/08/01/paprika-meets-inception-in-this-mash-up-trailer/ and
http://livingincinema.com/2010/08/01/inception-meets-paprika/ .
Looks like the Japanese prefer your movie, too, Kon-san. ^^
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From http://the-diplomat.com/new-emissary/2010/08/03/weak-inception-reception/ :

Meanwhile over in Japan, surprisingly, although Inception took top spot in box office standings its premiere weekend, it quickly slipped down in rankings to the fourth spot this past weekend below... Karigurashi No Arrietty, Toy Story 3 and...Salt.

This seems strange considering Japan’s adoration of...DiCaprio...Furthermore, not only does part of the film take place in Tokyo, it also stars Ken Watanabe, one of the few Japanese actors who have successfully crossed over into visible roles in American films.

So I recently spoke to a writer and film critic based in Japan who reviewed Inception for one of the country’s major publications for more on the topic, and he had some light to shed on why, possibly, it hasn’t gotten as big a reception as might have been expected.

He reminded me that although Tokyo is indeed featured as a location in the film, the scenes of the city are minimal, ‘consisting mainly of some aerial shots during an early scene when Watanabe and DiCaprio are flying over it in a helicopter,’ and that the scenes from inside the helicopter were even possibly shot ‘on a sound stage in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the world.’

When I asked him why more Japanese wouldn’t see Ken Watanabe in such a major role as something worth admiring, he told me that certainly, Watanabe does have a ‘much better and bigger role’ in Inception than he did in Nolan’s Batman Begins, in which his character was ‘a stereotypical wispy-bearded martial arts sage who disappeared early on, and was later revealed as a "mask" being worn by a white guy.’

But, he told me that having a Japanese character in a position of prominence or authority in a film just isn’t now enough to get the crowds excited. He mentioned also that while he felt the movie as a whole was good, that none of the characters are very deeply developed and that he enjoyed watching Watanabe more in his small role in the film Crique du Freak.

New site @ http://www.filmdetail.com/archives/2010/08/02/inception-and-paprika/ notes similarities.

Someone goes into a whole list of stuff @ http://plaza.rakuten.co.jp/poetarin/diary/201008010000/
and a debate took place @ http://ask-john.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2010/08/post-bda2.html .
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