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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

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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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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

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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[first lines]
Paprika: Time for the greatest show on earth!
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References The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) See more »

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The Shadow
Composed and Performed by Susumu Hirasawa
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Anime Excellence
16 April 2007 | by aljen1515See all my reviews

A couple weeks ago I was listening to the soundtrack from a movie called Paprika by Hirasawa Susumu. The music fascinated me, it was magnificent.

I was strongly compelled to watch the movie.

The story is based around a lovely lady named Paprika, she has mastered the ability to sail into others dreams and help them with their problems.... an internal dream analysis/counselor.

I found Paprika the movie is as fascinating as the soundtrack .

Needless to say the dream sequences are exquisitely and vividly portrayed. The pace is manic at times and dreams and reality often converge to confuse the characters and especially the viewer. It all comes together however, in what can only be described as the best closing battle sequence I have ever seen...... period!!! Paprika shines.

Now...I never do, with movies what I did with Parika. Firstly the moment the movie finished, I got another cup of coffee and started it up again. Secondly I wrote this review

And now I'm off to watch it again.

Like anime or not, Paprika is NOT to be missed.

Suggestion, if your not used to subs.... get the dubbed version......this is a fast paced movie and will require some attention.

10/10


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