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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.

Director:

Satoshi Kon

Writers:

Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel), Seishi Minakami (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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>

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This is your brain on anime.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paprika See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 6,789,700 (Japan), 27 November 2007

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,429, 27 May 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$881,302, 21 October 2007
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Paprika: Time for the greatest show on earth!
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Connections

References Tokyo Godfathers (2003) See more »

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The Blind Spot in a Corridor
Composed and Performed by Susumu Hirasawa
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EYEBALLS-A-Popping'
10 January 2008 | by roko-7See all my reviews

Now if you are an anime fan then this review is preaching to the converted.Satoshi Kon has gone way out with his hallucinatory stance. The images throughout this movie are reminiscent of bigtime madhatter-teaparty type LSD trip visuals. The storyline is akin to a Philip K. Dick story with the main character,Paprika,moving through dreamscapes that are lush,weird nd sometimes disturbing. PAPRIKA is the movie that pulls the rug from beneath the viewer,leaving you wanting to replay it straight away.

As always there is the referential stuff going on,comic styles make themselves apparent to the initiated. Definitely some Wally Wood influence,5o's children's book illustration,Belgian comics et al. If you want to introduce someone to the magic of anime then this is an ideal place to start.


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