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Japanese: パプリカ
English: Paprika
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 25, 2006
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Novel
Genres: Avant GardeAvant Garde, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, MysteryMystery, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SuspenseSuspense
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, PsychologicalPsychological
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 8.041 (scored by 231563231,563 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #5052
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Popularity: #393
Members: 456,744
Favorites: 3,755

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The world of dreams can be an incredible window into the psyche, showing one's deepest desires, aspirations, and repressed memories. One hopeful tech lab has been developing the "DC Mini," a device with the power to delve into the dreams of others. Atsuko Chiba and Kosaku Tokita have been tirelessly working to develop this technology with the hopes of using it to deeply explore patients' minds and help cure them of their psychological disorders.

However, having access to the deepest corners of a person's mind comes with a tremendous responsibility. In the wrong hands, the DC Mini could be used as a form of psychological terrorism and cause mental breakdowns in the minds of targets. When this technology is stolen and people around them start acting strangely, Atsuko and Kosaku know they have a serious problem on their hands. Enlisting the help of Officer Konakawa, who has been receiving this experimental therapy, they search both the real and dream worlds for their mental terrorist.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Paprika was director Satoshi Kon's last feature film before his death in 2010. It won several awards around the world, including the Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music in 2007 and the Newport Beach Film Festival for best animated feature film in 2007.

A live action adaptation was planned with Wolfgang Petersen (The Never Ending Story, Troy), but the project appears to have been scrapped.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Katou, Michiya
Episode Director, Director of Photography
Minakami, Seishi
Script, Screenplay


Opening Theme

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"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

Jul 4, 2008
slpless (All reviews)
I’m a big fan of Satoshi Kon’s work, so when I heard that Paprika was showing at the Chicago Film festival nearly 2 years ago I had to go no matter what. So there I was with a fever, headache, and doing my best to hold back my coughing. After watching, I kind of wished I had stayed in bed. Perhaps it was due my illness but after a re-watching it I still share the same sentiments I had nearly 2 years ago.

Those familiar with Satoshi Kon’s work should know he likes to blend reality and illusion. Paprika was no exception, read more
Aug 6, 2007
Washi (All reviews)
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
Jun 25, 2013
NeverKnowsBest26 (All reviews)
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
Jan 11, 2008
Venneh (All reviews)
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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