Okay, paprika, inception . Ive seen this online, but gave it as much credit as the Sinbad shazam movie, chemtrails, or lizard overlords conspiracy theories. I don't actually think paprika ripped off the same inspiration as inception, I said that in half jest. If paprika ripped anything off it's the directors other films which all bluer the lines of reality and dreams. (Mileniem actress is amazing.) What's the same. They dream dive, there's a detective, and there are a few stills that taken out of context look similar to stills in the other movie, but if you play them out the similarity breaks completely down before the shot is finished. This i would compare to the kimba the white lion is the origin for pride rock in lion king argument. Yeah they look remarkably similar, but a student of art would recognize it as a common trope, posed on rocks, and a famous painting from the 40s (called 'lion on rock') looks just as identical to both of them, and a print is even shown hanging on a wall during animation of lion king as seen in a making of video. You could also pulls stills from paprika and compare them to earlier films with similar concepts that inspired inception (like scanner darkly and all the face changes in paprika) but that's as nonsense an argument. Also same setting...urban. What's different. Paprika is a wild fun of a world where reality and dreams blur together. It involves a detective as the protagonist dives into patients dreams to help them.you are meant to smile watching this and it watches more like an r rated miyazaki film. Inception is an intense dark noir almost spy like. It involves a heist premise, as the protagonists dive into people's dreams to steal intellectual property. You are meant to grit your teeth and hold your breath watching this, and it watches like (pick a Phillip k dick movie). Inspiration. Paprika is it's own thing, deeply pulling on dreamscapes before it, seeming similar in style to Lovecraft s dream stories, andalusion dog (first movie shot as s dream), never-ending story, a lot of miyazaki s work, and the directors other films, I could try and pull others but that's a good list. Inception is touted as being very much so inspired by the works of Phillip k dick. Who did a lot in his pet project, what is reality, what are dreams, are they really yours, which one is real, realm. You can see the inspiration from the stories, scanner darkly , minority report, do androids dream, and less known stories. It is also worth noting that cronenbergs is a big inspiration to Nolan, Videodrome is a warped movie that also deals with dreams vs reality concepts in a noir way (also inspired by dick, the fake realities in matrix can be cited as well, also dickian). It worth noting ghost in the shell does this concept pretty solidly in a noir way. The written predates the paprika wriiten, and the animated predates paprikas animated, as does Stand alone complex. This has hyper terrorist, mind dives and noir themes, other than dick I'd say ghost is the most likely candidate to cite inspiration for inception or ripoff (or Manchurian candidate loosely) but there's no proof Nolan had knowledge of either. Conclusion, the two are wildly different one described as a kaleidoscope of colors and mirth done in the directors own unique style the other a muted serious noir film done in dickian scifi fashion (they are really after you, your dreams are not your own) neither can be said to be ripoffs, but you can trace inspiration to seperate sets of sources that overlap but not by much. I can't see these as very similar.