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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.



Total Count: 88


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A machine allows therapists to enter patients' dreams. When it's stolen, all hell breaks loose, and only a woman therapist (nicknamed "Paprika") seems able to stop it.

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Megumi Hayashibara
as Paprika/Chiba Atsuko
Tôru Furuya
as Tokita Kohsaku
Katsunosuke Hori
as Shima Tora-taroh
Toru Emori
as Inui Sei-jiroh
Koichi Yamadera
as Osanai Morio
Akio Ôtsuka
as Toshimi Konakawa
Satomi Kohrogi
as Japanese Doll
Mitsuo Iwata
as Tsumura Yasushi
Rikako Aikawa
as Kakimoto Nobue
Satoshi Kon
as Jin-nai
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  • With a conventional invade-dreams/bend-reality plot, it's a bit of a bore.

    Aug 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jul 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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 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.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
  • We're so used to current cautious commercial formulas, it comes as an enjoyable shock to see something like Satoshi Kon's Japanese film, Paprika, which reminds us that with animation, almost anything you can imagine can be represented.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

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