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Paprika -- When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Paprika -- When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.

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Director:
Writers:
Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel)
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Release Date:
25 November 2006 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
This is your brain on anime.
Plot:
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(34 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Paprika / Chiba Atsuko (voice)
Tôru Furuya ... Tokita Kohsaku (voice)
Kôichi Yamadera ... Osanai Morio (voice)
Katsunosuke Hori ... Shima Tora-taroh (voice)
Tôru Emori ... Inui Sei-jiroh (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Detective Kogawa Toshimi (voice)
Hideyuki Tanaka ... Guy (voice)
Satomi Koorogi ... 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:

Brian Beacock ... Hajime Himuro / Kuga (voice: English version)
Doug Erholtz ... Dr. Morio Osanai (voice: English version)

Michael Forest ... Dr. Seijiro Inui (voice: English version)

David Lodge ... Dr. Torataro Shima (voice: English version)

Yuri Lowenthal ... Dr. Kosaku Tokita (voice: English version)

Cindy Robinson ... Dr. Atsuko Chiba / Paprika (voice: English version)
Paul St. Peter ... Detective Toshimi Konakawa (voice: English version)
Ezra Weisz ... Konakawa's Old Friend (voice: English version) (as Ethan Murray)
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Directed by
Satoshi Kon 
 
Writing credits
Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel)

Seishi Minakami (screenplay) &
Satoshi Kon (screenplay)

Produced by
Jungo Maruta .... executive producer
Masao Takiyama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Susumu Hirasawa 
 
Cinematography by
Michiya Katou 
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Art Direction by
Nobutaka Ike 
 
Art Department
Satoshi Hashimoto .... color designer
 
Sound Department
Masafumi Mima .... sound director
 
Animation Department
Masashi Ando .... animation director
Masashi Ando .... character designer
Hisashi Eguchi .... animator
Hideki Hamazu .... animator
Shinji Hashimoto .... animator
Kaichi Honma .... animator
Ei Inoue .... animator
Ei Inoue .... assistant animation director
Toshiyuki Inoue .... animator
Toshiyuki Inoue .... assistant animation director
Yoshimi Itazu .... animator
Takashi Kawaguchi .... animator
Kumiko Kawana .... animator
Ken'ichi Konishi .... animator
Tetsuya Kumagai .... animator
Michio Mihara .... animator
Michio Mihara .... assistant animation director
Yasunori Miyazawa .... animator
Mitsunori Murata .... animator
Hiroyuki Okiura .... animator
Yasumitsu Suetake .... layout artist
Michiyo Suzuki .... animator
Norimoto Tokura .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
 
Other crew
Masao Maruyama .... development
Ezra Weisz .... voice director
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Papurika" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violent and sexual images
Runtime:
90 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-13 | France:U | Germany:12 | Italy:T | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The tall and short bartenders in Paprika's website are voiced by director Satoshi Kon, and the original author of the Paprika novel, Yasutaka Tsutsui, respectively.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Paprika:Time for the greatest show on earth!
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Movie Connections:
References From Russia with Love (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
EscapeeSee more »

FAQ

What is the name of the song played in the US trailer and where can I find it?
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28 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
His Own Mirror, 24 June 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

What happens when you see a wonderful film, a truly wonderful one, and you are disappointed because the very last one you saw was from the same filmmaker and was very much better? I should have watched some trash first.

The better film I'm alluding to is "Millennium Actress," a wonderful slippery glide through a shifting of life, movies and personal memory. Several things made that great: the drawings were in some places marvelous; the reason for the slips was never explained; and the "wrapping" story was incredibly thin, just barely enough. It was clearly a movie about movies and how life and film make each other.

This one conflates life, dreams and movies in much the same way, and goes further by merging individual lives and dreams. But it is burdened by two things. The first is that the wrapping story is large, heavy. The second is that we have a tedious explanation about why the slips occur: some invented device. And it adopts the Godzilla/Transformers model where two giants fight, towering over the city. Jees.

Two things are superior, however. One is that the dreamworlds give the artist freedom to depart from the constraints of the real. It isn't surreal: that's a very specific thing. But you do have dancing refrigerators leading a parade to hell. You may not appreciate the visuals here, in fact I suspect most won't think them special. But I did.

But the main thing is the title character, a lovely redheaded virtual soul who lives in the dreamworld. She's the pinnacle of girl fantasy: capable, not real, fairy-like but strong, desirable but forceful, following the rules of the world sometimes and writing the rules at other. She's woven from something deep in the psyche, our usually unfound soulmate who writes our dreams that spill into our lives.

But her appearance and character isn't what amazes here. Its how many different ways the filmmaker has her interact with the dream world. I stopped noting them because they were so varied and clever. She flies of course, she morphs. She shares a body in the real world of a woman scientist. (There's a truly remarkable dream scene when a vagina is "unzipped" to the forehead to reveal the true woman within.) She merges with shadows, reflections, light and shadow. She appears from dolls and billboards, clouds. From cracks and folds. Its as if there was a list of all possibilities that is being exhausted.

I will suggest that you see this before "Millennium Actress." Then both will blow you away.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

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