Satoshi Kon, a talented anime film director best known in the US for his 2006 film Paprika, has died suddenly of cancer. He was only 47. It hasn’t been reported in major news outlets yet, but Wikipedia and a couple other sites have reported this. It’s also all over Twitter.
Some think Inception was loosely based on or inspired by Paprika. It’s not hard to see why. Kon was also working on a film called The Dream Machine, which comes out in 2011. Not sure if he finished working on it yet.
Below, a Paprika-Inception mashup video.