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Paprika (2006)

Cast: Megumi Hayashibara, Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, more...
Director: Satoshi Kon, Satoshi Kon
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Studio: Sony Pictures
Genre: Anime, Science Fiction , Science Fiction Anime, Animation, Cel
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Groundbreaking animator Satoshi Kon (whose credits include Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Perfect Blue) directed this visually spectacular adaptation of a science fiction novel by Yatsutaka Tsutsui. Atsuko is a psychiatrist who uses advanced technology to study the human mind. Atsuko has developed a machine that will allow her to enter the dreams of her patients and study their psyches from the inside. Atsuko also does double duty as Paprika, a high-tech detective who uses this new innovation to find out the truth about what the people she's trailing really think. However, Atsuko falls victim to a thief who steals the one-of-a-kind machine, and Paprika sets out to find it as a wave of psychological instability tears through the city. Paprika received its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Watched it twice! by MBreslau June 15, 2010 - 5:23 AM PDT
Saw the movie. Watched the extras. Watched the movie again the next day. It's not only that good, it's that intricate. Rewarding!

Giddy With Pleasure by talltale December 1, 2007 - 3:10 PM PST
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Is it heresy to place Satoshi Kon (the director of PAPRIKA, "Millennium Actress" and "Tokyo Godfathers") above even Hayao Miyazaki (of "Spirited Away")? Tough: I do. His latest is buoyant, full of surprise and oddity, often so much fun as to leave you giddy with pleasure, before ending in yet another perfect moment--crisp, understated--of sudden understanding, humor and deep feeling. How much better can things get?!

Animation is not my favorite medium, but, boy, does this director/co-writer know how to make the most of it. He takes dreams and movies (the perfect combo, right?) and conflates them in the most unusual, wonderful ways. He's even sensual and sexy at all the right times. If you're already an animation fan, I don't see how you can miss this one. If you're not, "Paprika" just might make a believer of you.

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(Average 7.44)
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