Paprika

Paprika

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Director: Satoshi Kon

Cast: Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori

     
 

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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 machineSee more details below

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Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The huge popularity of anime in Japan has failed to translate in the United States, in part because the two cultures hold very different ideas about narrative structure and content. Americans tend to want a more grounded, linear approach, whereas the Japanese have historically been comfortable with fragmentation and fantasy. That Satoshi Kon's Paprika found a devoted audience in the United States is somewhat surprising, because it's as fragmented and fantastical as anime movies get, with almost everything that happens governed by dream logic. But it's also as visually decadent as they get. Dizzyingly imagined and confidently rendered, the images just pop off the screen. The basic thrust of the plot is not hard to follow. A device is created that allows therapists (or terrorists, if it falls into the wrong hands) to view the dreams of the subjects wearing it, and even insert a dream version of themselves as a character. Paprika stops making sense when the device starts commingling the dreams of people not wearing the device, as the movie basically throws out logical rules and gives itself over to a series of albeit compelling and disturbing recurrent images. Like many anime films, it builds toward a huge climax in which the fate of the entire world is in the balance, but you aren't really sure why. Still, Paprika makes it pretty easy to divorce yourself from the need for logic, as its approach is at least consistent, and the characters it introduces are easy to either cheer or hiss. The most literal-minded viewers are likely to reject it on some level, but Paprika wasn't intended for them anyway. It was intended for viewers who appreciate abstraction and grand-scale ambition, and those viewers will be pleased as pudding.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2007
UPC:
0043396189119
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
5,030

Special Features

Tsutsui and Kon's Paprika - making-of documentary; A conversation about the "Dream"; The dream CG world; The art of fantasy; Filmmaker commentary

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Megumi Hayashibara Atsuko Chiba
Toru Emori Seijiro Inui
Katsunosuke Hori Torataro Shima
Toru Furuya Kosaku Tokita
Akio Ohtsuka Toshimi Konakawa
Kouichi Yamadera Morio Osanai
Hideyuki Tanaka HIM
Satomi Kohrogi Japanese Doll

Technical Credits
Satoshi Kon Director,Screenwriter
Susumu Hirasawa Score Composer
Nobutaka Ike Art Director
Yoshihiro Kasahara Editor
Michiya Kato Cinematographer
Madhouse Art Director
Jungo Maruta Executive Producer
Masafumi Mima Sound/Sound Designer
Seishi Minakami Screenwriter
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Masao Takiyama Executive Producer
Satoki Toyoda Co-producer,Producer
Yasutaka Tsutsui Original Story

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paprika
1. Magic Act [3:26]
2. Opening Doors [2:44]
3. Stolen Goods [3:23]
4. Connection Control [3:28]
5. Terrorist Dream [2:42]
6. Breaking the Rules [4:27]
7. A Little Rough [3:44]
8. Dream Woman [2:37]
9. New Victims [4:09]
10. Incomplete Operation [2:11]
11. Case Accident [3:08]
12. Mystery Gain [2:44]
13. Line of Action [3:10]
14. Creating Dreams [3:54]
15. Expanding Threat [1:43]
16. Breaking Walls [:58]
17. Flight Search [3:18]
18. One Huge Delusion [3:17]
19. Endless Boundaries [1:25]
20. Hand-Chosen [2:17]
21. Against the Odds [3:37]
22. Manipulations [3:11]
23. Dream Travel [2:24]
24. Night Scare [2:25]
25. Combining Words [2:21]
26. Holding On [2:45]
27. Try to Remember [3:42]
28. Dark Battle [11:04]

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