Paprika

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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...
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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.
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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
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2007
  • UPC: 043396189119
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,715

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Megumi Hayashibara Voice Only
Toru Emori Voice Only
Katsunosuke Hori Voice Only
Toru Furuya Voice Only
Akio Ohtsuka Voice Only
Kouichi Yamadera Voice Only
Hideyuki Tanaka Voice Only
Satomi Kohrogi Voice Only
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, Producer
Masafumi Mima Sound/Sound Designer
Seishi Minakami Screenwriter
Takeshi Seyama Editor
Masao Takiyama Executive Producer, 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Paprika
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio Set Up
         Japanese 5.1
         English 5.1
         Spanish/Español Dolby Surround
         French/Français 5.1
      Subtitles
         English
         English Subtitled Commentary
         Spanish/Español
         French/Français
         Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Filmmakers' Commentary: On
      Filmmakers' Commentary: Off
      Tsutsui and Kon's Paprika
      A Conversation About the "Dream"
      The Dream CG World
      The Art of Fantasy
      Previews
         Coming to Blu-Ray
         Youth Without Youth
         Angel-A
         Interview
         Tekkonkinkreet
         Molière
         Tokyo Godfathers
         Vitus
         Resident Evil: Extinction
   Previews
      Coming to Blu-Ray
      Youth Without Youth
      Angel-A
      Interview
      Tekkonkinkreet
      Molière
      Tokyo Godfathers
      Vitus
      Resident Evil: Extinction
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    My daughter just loved it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of my favorite Anime!

    This film continues the director's fascination with the mixture of dream and reality that is also on display in Millenium Actress and Perfect Blue. The three films are almost a trilogy of past, present, and future.

    The visuals are a great blend of cel and CGI animation, especially the opening credits. I think these are dazzlingly inventive. The music is wonderful and plays a great part in the overall design.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Movie

    Another great movie from the creator of Paranoia Agent. This is a must see with a great sound track.

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    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I saw this movie in the theaters while it was there for a short period... It was awesome, good story, and animation. I'm picking it up when it comes to dvd.

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