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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. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Yuri Lowenthal
Tokita
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David Lodge
Shima
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Paul St. Peter
Detective Toshimi Konakawa
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Doug Erholtz
Doctor Morio Osanai
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Satoshi Kon
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Seishi Minakami
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Jungo Maruta
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Susumu Hirasawa
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Michiya Katou
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Critic Reviews for Paprika

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  • With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore.

    August 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    July 20, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 13, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Is it sci-fi? Fantasy? Idiocy? Mostly it's a droning mess -- pretty to look at but confounding to the point where you just don't care any more.

    June 22, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Especially for fans who understand how movies are put together, Paprika grabs you from the get-go in a series of flowing images and transitions that follow the skewed logic of a dream, jumping from a three-ring circus to a swinging jungle vine.

    June 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind. We are never sure exactly whom we should be cheering for, or even if we're rooting for real characters or their avatars.

    June 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paprika

  • Oct 05, 2015
    Paprika is a kaleidoscopic and phantasmagoric animated thriller, a bewildering ride through dreams mixed with more dreams mixed with waking life. Now for some films, if you do not get what its makers are trying to say, it is lost on you. This is not so with Paprika. This is the kind of film one can watch and find highly entertaining without having much of a clue what it is about. The "Parade of Everything" is quite a sight for lovers of whimsy and fantasy, symbols and the surreal. While there are various weak points to the film, but there is not much point to mentioning them. Why? Well, when something goes for it on a grand scale, as Paprika does, it is better to watch and appreciate what it does right. Beyond the vibrant images, the direction does something special with the choreography, the movement on-screen. You get this wonderful feeling of animation, everything brought to life by imagination and the mind. So if you enjoy crazy dreams or the carnivale, definitely give Paprika a view.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2014
    Constantly bizarre and featuring a mind-bending narrative, Paprika won't please everyone, but it offers up an unrestrained, refreshing sense of originality and distinct personality, if not much else.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2012
    A film that is way ahead of its time, Paprika is an acid trip of an anime epic. The story is mind bending and the animations are more ridiculous than that face melting scene from Raiders of the lost Ark. In just 3 minutes of starting the film, the tone is established and the audience is presented with imaginative characters. An underrated gem but can match the likes of classics like Spirited Away and Akira.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2012
    Seems like director Satoshi Kon was obsessed with the human mind, often mixing reality and dreams (or memories with Millennium Actress) and this one is the ultimate mash up. Clever, funny and action packed, Paprika is one hell of an anime. Very neat.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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