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Paprika

Paprika

Alternative Titles

English: Paprika
Japanese: パプリカ

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 25, 2006
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Statistics

Score: 8.171 (scored by 61743 users)
Ranked: #3362
Popularity: #265
Members: 102,059
Favorites: 993
1 indicates a weighted score
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fantasy horror mystery psychological sci-fi

Synopsis

In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the "DC Mini" it is able to act as a "dream detective" to enter into people's dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer's personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name "PAPRIKA," in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Paprika, Paprika: The Dream-Child

Characters & Voice Actors

Paprika
Paprika
Main
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese
Hayashibara, Megumi
Robinson, Cindy
English
Robinson, Cindy
...
Chiba, Atsuko
Chiba, Atsuko
Main
Hayashibara, Megumi
Japanese
Hayashibara, Megumi
Robinson, Cindy
English
Robinson, Cindy
...
Konakawa, Toshimi
Konakawa, Toshimi
Main
Otsuka, Akio
Japanese
Otsuka, Akio
St. Peter, Paul
English
St. Peter, Paul
Tokita, Kosaku
Tokita, Kosaku
Main
Lowenthal, Yuri
English
Lowenthal, Yuri
Furuya, Toru
Japanese
Furuya, Toru
...

Staff

Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Minakami, Seishi
Script, Screenplay
Hirasawa, Susumu
Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Arrangement, Music



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Jun 25, 2013
judojon
Satoshi Kon was among the best directors in the medium of anime until his unfortunate and untimely death in 2010. His blending of realistic character designs and settings with Lynchian surrealism created visual experiences unlike anything anime had produced before. Beautiful and haunting dreamscapes that unraveled the human psyche both literally and figuratively. A great example is his last work; the strange, dense, and insanely inventive Paprika.

Adapted from a novel of the same name by science fiction author Yautaka Tsutsiu, Paprika takes Kon's mind-bending style and applies it quite literally to the plot. The story takes place in the near future, where a remarkable device read more
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Aug 6, 2007
Washi
Paprika, Satoshi Kon’s (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) latest movie, is a whimsical and imaginative journey into the concept of dreaming. As with each of his productions, Paprika is a distinctly unique and fresh film, while also retaining tones of Satoshi Kon’s usual quirkiness and style. While this is a film that revolves around exploration into the farthest reaches of human subconscious, it has traded the introverted and claustrophobic psychological tension seen in Perfect Blue for a decidedly free and open approach to the human mind, fitting with the theme of the limitless expanse of dreaming. This gives it a more relaxed and fun read more
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Nov 3, 2014
myronator
Paprika, Satoshi Kon's last film as a director, is commonly referred to as "Inception before Inception was made". With this kind of reputation, especially with the Kon name behind it, the expectations are going to be high when watching this movie. There is no doubt the technical aspects of this film will fulfill these expectations, however the story itself falls short.

Paprika is surreal. From the opening credits, the film makes it clear that reality will be bent and twisted. This is where Satoshi Kon excels. Through the use of amazing scene transitions, the storytelling in Paprika keeps you guessing. These techniques work well in the read more
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Jan 11, 2008
Venneh
Title: Paprika

Novel, Movie: Paprika is based off of the novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui, which was serialized in the Japanese women's magazine Marie Claire in 1993.

The movie itself came out in Japanese theatres in November of 2006, and was animated by Studio Madhouse (famous for Death Note and Paranoia Agent, another one of Satoshi Kon's works) and directed by Satoshi Kon (famous for Paranoia Agent and Tokyo Godfathers). It received a limited run in theatres Stateside in May of 2007 courtesy of Sony Pictures, and was released on DVD in November of 2007.

Story: The story revolves around a device called the read more
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Recommendations

Both very obscure with dark technopunk themes.
Psychological thriller movies Directed by Satoshi Kon. They both blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
Both Paranoia Agent and Paprika probe the power of man made illusions and how these affect reality to the point of merging with it. Paranoia Agent contradicts linear modes of story telling as the series progresses while Paprika is deliberately oneiric from the start. The artwork is similar and Satoshi Kon's trademarks are very visible in the way PA and Paprika push the limits of animation in general. Image surpasses the role of medium and becomes an experimental endeavour of psychological valence: PA and Paprika offer this autonomy of imagery without compromising a highly complex exploration of what it is that shapes and defines reality.
Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers) seems to maintain a underlying theme in his films. The psychological - reality versus dreamworld plot lines are richly detailed and keep views guessing at every scene change. We'll see if his upcoming "all-ages" film (Dreaming Kids?) continues to follow this 'what is reality?' concept.
Paprika has the same dream-like funkiness that it seems only Japanese anime can pull off. A fun watch with great animation.
Cyber world, technology and it's influence on real world.
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Opening Theme

"Mediational Field" by Susumu Hirasawa

Ending Theme

白虎野の娘 (Byakkoya no Musume) by Hirasawa Susumu
"Byakkoya (白虎野)" by Susumu Hirasawa

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