Paprika (2006)
"Papurika" (original title)

R  |   |  Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  22 June 2007 (USA)
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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 can stop it: Paprika.



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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 <>

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)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Paprika interviews Kogawa 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 Millennium Actress (2001) See more »


Composed and Performed by Susumu Hirasawa
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User Reviews

What a great film!
28 August 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The following review has been translated by Google:

If dream and reality merge

Paprika is one of the most unusual, most beautiful and craziest films, which I saw for a long time, decorated by an incomprehensible picture force and under from a fantastic music. The work acts first of an invention, which makes it for humans possible to note the own dreams in addition, dreams of others to see. However also one of the scientists underestimated danger is inherent in to this new technology. As always the starting point a noble goal, i.e. the equipment for the healing from psychologically ill humans to, is to be used by analyzing the dreams and thus their subconsciousness and her in the dream to a solution to then lead.

In run the first experiments, one of the prototypes however one steals. The team around corroded and scientists assumes terrorists behind the theft, who placed themselves against the possibility, into the secret of humans to penetrate… evenly their dreams and desires. But at the end once more some surprises stand ready…

One would like to assume that also this Anime rose again from the feather/spring of Hayao Miyazaki and the Studio Ghibli, is nevertheless from this team outstanding works meanwhile nearly already accustomed one. But Paprika production of Satoshi Kon, a further brilliat film director and draughtsman from Japan, which have responsibility among other things also for Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia agent and Millennium Actress. It concerns thus no beginner and only quite no beginner.

The music was written by Susumu Hirasawa, which worked already more frequently with Satoshi Kon together and also this mark composed again a wonderful sound TRACK, which one can hear again and again.

Clay/tone and picture film are not stand out, it give anything to criticize. On the second disk e.g. are very beautiful extras, like a long Making OF and a kind discussion round with two the synchronous speaker, Satoshi Kon and the author of the book collecting main Yasutaka Tsutsui.

To all lovers of the Anime applies: buy!

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