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Paprika (2007) Movie Information

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Satoshi Kon


Megumi Hayashibara
Tru Furuya
Kichi Yamadera
Katsunosuke Hori
Toru Emori
Akio tsuka





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A new device allows scientists to delve into a patient's dreams to help them analyze their problems, but when a techno-terrorist steals the new technology no one is safe, and soon the line between dreams and reality begin to blur. -- Chris Kavan

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mitchellyoung 01/22/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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This is a wild animated ride that plays constantly with perceptions of reality in an inventively visual way. Christopher Nolan acknowledged the influence of this film on Inception and you can definitely see the parallels. It's a striking thrill ride that passes by all too quickly.

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goodfellamike 09/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A disarmingly haunting and mesmerizingly wacky anime about dreams merging into relaity; you may not know what's going on, but the images can speak for themselves. Final Grade: B+

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GGauthier 12/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I really love in this order 1. Movies about dreams, 2. Dream sequences in movies, 3. Anime/manga. So, I'm just giving you the kind of recommendation that you would need for decide if watch it or not. For momments it has a non linear argument and imaginery/plot. But is not that difficult to follow and you'll be surprised and pleased by the result. I'd say that is a must see for any anime lover.

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Franz Patrick 12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I'm a recent fan of Satoshi Kon so I had to watch this film. Although the premise is simple, it does get really creative when it needs to be. There are jokes in the film--jokes that one will only get if he or she has seen Kon's other films. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean that it's less enjoyable for other viewers. I love the spy scene. It reminded me so much of "Alias," a show I miss so dearly. The soundtrack of the film is recommended, too.

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10/10/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Action: 3/3 + Comedy: 1/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 1/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 9/10 or 90%.

Paprika is Satoshi Kon's most polished work to date, though Perfect Blue will undoubtedly remain his most curious and disturbing analogy of blended realities. The animation stands at the forefront here with dreams able to manifest in the real world (thanks to superior technology falling into the wrong hands). Thus, the viewer gets a parade of wind-up robots, frog princes, rockets, Godzilla sized mothers, and a bevy of things that should not be, which put any hallucination dreamed up by Disney to shame. This is the surface of the film that many will write off as pure kinetic stream of thought.

Digging deeper we find Kon developing an enduring and genuine relati...

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01/24/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Reality of Dreams

Having seen Satoshi Kon's previous films (and TV series) I knew how much he likes to mix dreams and reality. He has been working on a variation of the theme since Perfect Blue and now, with Paprika, he has finally reached the pinnacle of his vision.

The best way to describe the animation is stunning. It's vivid; it's imaginative and it's wholly engaging. From the opening scene in a circus, traveling through a dream sequence and the fantastic opening credits you know you're in for a visual treat. Not only does the film look great, it sounds great too. The soundtrack has a techo-noir feel that compliments each scene - especially the random dream parade.

The biggest complaint you will find on Paprika is that the story doesn't make enough sense. When dealing with dreams and reality, it...

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