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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)
Seishi Minakami (screenplay) ...
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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)
Watch: “Satoshi Kon – Editing Space & Time”
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 25 July 2014, 9:30 AM, PDT)

The top 25 underappreciated films of 2006
 (From Den of Geek. 22 January 2014, 6:26 AM, PST)

The top 25 underrated films of 2003
 (From Den of Geek. 18 December 2013, 5:29 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Infinite interpretation See more (97 total) »

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)

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 "Monkey" (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Tree in the DarkSee more »

FAQ

What is the name of the song played in the US trailer and where can I find it?
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49 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Infinite interpretation, 24 June 2007
Author: qiowisj from United States

I had gone into Paprika not knowing much of what to expect, save for the fact that it was an anime with quite a buzz. An hour and a half later, this is one of the best films I've seen in 2007.

The plot, as best as I can describe it, concerns a group of scientists developing a device which allows one to interject your subconscious into and record another person's dreams. However, a thief is using the technology to terrorize and control others. As the scientists try to find their stolen property, reality begins to take on a different meaning...

Satoshi Kon is filmmaker I've never heard of before, but what he has created is truly visionary. Paprika continually amazes with imagery which transcends conscious understanding and coherence for what can only make sense on a subliminal level. Examples include a marching band of inanimate objects, dolls and animals, a giant aquatic leviathan with a man's face and humanoid toys that act as vessels for their dreamers bodies.

But what makes the film necessary viewing is not the visuals alone, it's the core of the story and varied themes that it poses. The subject matter deals with issues both contemporary and probable. The actual identities of ourselves are wrapped in an enigma. How science has its positive and negative aspects. That the advantages of the internet is better communication but also dehumanization. I'm sure others will find other symbolism and subtext.

Wheather you're familiar with Japanese animation or not, Paprika will expose any newcomer to something foreign and deeply personal as well.

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This film really was disturbing and great at the same time resevoirdog93
Who else was disapointed at the ending??? joelborbon
What exactly was Paprika? Another personality? seekquaze125
Please recommend more movies like this one! Calypso-63
Why are so many people relating this to Inception? perpetual-mind
Not a satisfying flick, plain bland and boring to say the least arsalhyder18-1
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