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Paprika

R Released Jun 1, 2007 1h 30m Sci-Fi Action Adventure Anime List
86% Tomatometer 94 Reviews 87% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name "Paprika," is a dream detective at night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong hands it could destroy people's minds. When a prototype is stolen, Atsuko/Paprika springs into action to recover it before damage is done. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Following its own brand of logic, Paprika is an eye-opening mind trip that is difficult to follow but never fails to dazzle.

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Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore. Rated: 2/5 Aug 9, 2007 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Paprika, while certainly not suitable for kids, manages to capture the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film. Rated: 3.5/5 Jul 20, 2007 Full Review Richard Nilsen Arizona Republic You could sit through the film two or three times to nail down the details of the story, but the film isn't interesting enough to warrant a second look. Rated: 2.5/5 Jul 13, 2007 Full Review JK Sooja Common Sense Media But for others, Paprika will be a thought-provoking, challenging, and fun thrill packed with imagery, symbolism, and play, rich with a full assortment of meaning to argue over. Mar 1, 2024 Full Review Douglas Davidson Elements of Madness ... the philosophically rich or visually stimulating representations of the ideas present in the film that still grab hold of audiences in a way that live action just can’t. Feb 22, 2024 Full Review Charles Solomon FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) Even the title sequence alone reminds you just how brilliant Kon was at shifting between reality and fantasy. Feb 13, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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Arthur G This is Satoshi Kon's masterpiece. A thrilling adventure with many twists and turns, blending reality and fiction to keep the audience on their toes constantly. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/24 Full Review jesse v if you like Requiem for a dream and perfect blue, imagine both of them combined to this. funny cause one came after this movie so maybe the director created the dream genre Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Ben W Really great. Awesome concept and animation was really cool. Interesting Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/24 Full Review isaac It was an incredible movie with a unique plot and great animation Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/24 Full Review Elijah R Paprika can be a bit challenging to wrap your head around at times, but it's overall an excellently crafted and beautifully animated piece of Japanese cinema. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/12/24 Full Review Eye C Now, this one I loved, a really weird and interesting sci-fi story. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/21/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name "Paprika," is a dream detective at night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong hands it could destroy people's minds. When a prototype is stolen, Atsuko/Paprika springs into action to recover it before damage is done.
Director
Satoshi Kon
Producer
Jungo Maruta, Masao Takiyama
Screenwriter
Satoshi Kon, Seishi Minakami
Distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
Production Co
Madhouse Productions
Rating
R (Violent and Sexual Images)
Genre
Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Anime
Original Language
Japanese
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 1, 2007, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 23, 2018
Runtime
1h 30m
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