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3 Hollywood Movies With Scenes Borrowed From Animes

Good artists copy. Great artists steal.



If you’re a fan of both anime and Hollywood blockbusters, you would probably notice scenes between these two genres that closely resemble one another.


Check out the list below to see if you’ve got it all down!


1. Perfect Blue x Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan 

Perfect Blue is a hit cult classic released in 1997. Classified as a Japanese animated psychological thriller, this anime is directed by Satoshi Kon whose work also includes another animated psychological thriller, Paprika.


Darren Aronofsky wanted to make a live-action remake of Perfect Blue so badly that he incorporated multiple scenes from the anime into not only one of his films, but two!


Both Requiem for a Dream (starring Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly) and Black Swan (starring Natalie Portman) contain interpreted live-action scenes from Kon’s masterpiece, including the heart-wrenching screaming underwater bathtub scene. 


2. Paprika x Inception

Also directed by Kon, a visionary genius, Paprika is a 2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller based on the 1993 novel of the same name. It tells the story of a research psychologist who uses a device that helps therapists enter the dreams of their patients to help them. 


The premise of Christopher Nolan’s Inception is pretty much the same, except in this film, the main character (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets. 


While Nolan claims that he had been toying with the idea of Inception since he was 16 years old, waaaay before Paprika was released, he pays homage to the anime by replicating a few of its scenes into his film. 


3. Ghost in the Shell x The Matrix

The visual direction in Ghost in the Shell will simply blow you away. It’s a 1995 anime cyberpunk directed by Mamoru Oshii, based on the manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. Set in 2029 Japan, Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg public-security agent who is on the prowl for a mysterious hacker known as the Puppet Master. 


The directors and writers for The Matrix, The Wachowskis, sat the producer of their film down and showed him Ghost in the Shell as a visual example of their creative direction for the action sequences. This is because The Matrix has the same futuristic premise as Ghost in the Shell, following Neo (Keanu Reeves) who “is drawn into rebellion against the machines.”


When The Matrix is finally put together, most of its structure and visuals are heavily influenced by Ghost in the Shell. 


Give these films another spin and let us know if you notice any Easter eggs in the comments below!


*Cover image via Livewire 

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