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Paprika (2006)

Papurika (original title)
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When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.



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Credited cast:
Megumi Hayashibara ...
Paprika / Chiba Atsuko (voice)
Tôru Furuya ...
Tokita Kohsaku (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
Osanai Morio (voice)
Katsunosuke Hori ...
Tôru Emori ...
Inui Sei-jiroh (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Hideyuki Tanaka ...
Guy (voice)
Satomi Kôrogi ...
A doll (voice)
Daisuke Sakaguchi ...
Himuro Kei (voice)
Mitsuo Iwata ...
Tsumura Yasushi (voice)
Rikako Aikawa ...
Kakimoto Nobue (voice)
Shin'ichirô Ôta ...
Reporter (voice)
Satoshi Kon ...
Jin-nai (voice)
Yasutaka Tsutsui ...
Kuga (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hajime Himuro / Kuga (voice)


Three scientists at the Foundation for Psychiatric Research fail to secure a device they've invented, the D.C. Mini, which allows people to record and watch their dreams. A thief uses the device to enter people's minds, when awake, and distract them with their own dreams and those of others. Chaos ensues. The trio - Chiba, Tokita, and Shima - assisted by a police inspector and by a sprite named Paprika must try to identify the thief as they ward off the thief's attacks on their own psyches. Dreams, reality, and the movies merge, while characters question the limits of science and the wisdom of Big Brother. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This is your brain on anime.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and sexual images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paprika  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$45,429 (USA) (25 May 2007)


$881,302 (USA) (19 October 2007)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Paprika interviews Konakawa in his filmmaker guise, his mannerisms and appearance resemble that of Akira Kurosawa. See more »


[first lines]
Paprika: Time for the greatest show on earth!
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References From Russia with Love (1963) See more »


Composed and Performed by Susumu Hirasawa
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User Reviews

More lucid dreams from Satoshi Kon
9 October 2006 | by (Rhode Island, United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this two days ago at the New York Film Festival.

The plot: What happens when we acquire technology that allows us to migrate the boundary between dreams & reality, and what happens when that boundary blurs?

The Animation: Stunning; Madhouse always does good work and Kon's movies always produce some fun reality bending sequences.

The Music: Susumu Hirasawa who did the Paranoia Agent soundtrack came up with the score here too. The opening song is a particularly infectious number. It makes you smiley. It's like the opening song from Paranoia Agent on steroids. I really could not get the grin off my face till the beginning sequence ended.

The Cast: The voice cast is headed by Megumi Hayashibara, probably the most prolific and well known female seiyuu ever, with roles such as Rei Ayanami (Evangelion), Lina Inverse (Slayers), and Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) to her credit. Akio Ohtsuka and Koichi Yamadera, Batou & Togusa of Ghost in the Shell fame, both play major roles as well. All do a fabulous job as usual, but Hayashibara really shines in her Paprika role.

This film has great animation, music & actors, but the plot is really just a thin veneer for the lucid dreaming sequences that permeate so much of Satoshi Kon's work. I still recommend seeing it because it's a really light fun film, but I don't think it adds up to being more than the sum of some really great parts. I think this one needs to be enjoyed in pieces rather than as a whole.

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