Paprika (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Satoshi Kon

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by wezlypipz on 4/28/2013

Satoshi Kon was an absolute genius who passed away FAR before his time. He was on his way to becoming the next Miyazaki in Japan. This was his last full length movie and I bought it to remember him buy and to appreciate his work for years to come. Any Madhouse movie or series you liked in the 2000's was probably helped along one way or another by him. Paprika isn't his best movie, but it is definitely better than many others.

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Prepare to enter the realm of fantasy and imagination - where reality and dreams collide in a kaleidoscopic mindscape of sheer visual genius. The magical tale centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject's dream. After being stolen, a fearless detective and brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device - before it falls into the hands of a "dream terrorist" in this gripping anime thriller from acclaimed director Satoshi Kon.


Studio Sony
SKU 205716016
UPC 043396208667
UPC 14 00043396208667
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/17/2011
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Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With PAPRIKA, Satoshi Kon (TOKYO GODFATHERS, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS) unleashes another eye-popping anime adventure. The visually striking thriller is set in the not-too-distant future, where doctors are developing a groundbreaking new psychotherapy treatment called PT. This coincides with the invention of a device called the "DC Mini," which enables researchers to enter the dreams of a subject and explore matters of the unconscious mind. But one day, a "DC Mini" prototype goes missing, and the doctors are thrown into a world of confusion. They realize how dangerous a turn of events this could be, and to ensure that things don't spiral out of control, they embark on a mad quest to track down the missing prototype. The pretty but timid Dr. Atsuko Chiba teams up with the food-loving Dr. Tokita to find his assistant, Himuro, who has disappeared. Unfortunately, it is at this time that Atsuko's boss, Torataro Shima, tries to commit suicide. Dr. Tokita calls in an old friend, Detective Konakawa, to help the team find an answer to the rapidly devolving problem. As the characters use their dreamworld alter egos to enter the dreams of troubled patients, the line between reality and unreality begins to blur, until no one knows for sure what is real and what isn't. An adaptation of a story by the acclaimed Japanese writer Yasutaka Tsutsui, PAPRIKA tells a tough-to-decipher, but spellbinding, tale. Kon's thought-provoking film features an absurdly catchy J-pop score and an unforgettable visual landscape.
New York Times "[E]ye-popping....[The film] offers continued evidence that Japanese animators are reaching for the moon..." 10/06/2006 p.E11,"[A] gorgeous riot of future-shock ideas and brightly animated imagery....A mind-twisting, eye-tickling wonder..." 05/25/2007 p.E15
Box Office "[A] thoroughly entertaining piece of Japanese anime....The movie handles themes concerning cyber technology, dreaming and filmmaking with mischievous aplomb." 12/01/2006 p.74
Entertainment Weekly "Kon mixes visual beauty with disorienting perspectives for a cautionary tale..." -- Grade: A- 06/08/2007 p.63
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Kong makes an art of Japanese animé....Fiercely provocative..." 06/14/2007 p.112
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "The dream sequences that spiral through the film have the transitory strangeness of ETERNAL SUNSHINE and create an engrossing plot able to straddle both reality and fantasy." 05/01/2008 p.80
Wall Street Journal "Images tumble and flow from subconscious minds stuffed like junk shops with warrior dolls, scary clowns, predatory beasts, parade floats, pop artifacts and surreal movie scenes....The abundance is almost mad, and madly enjoyable." 05/01/2012
Satoshi Kon
Name Hayashibara,Megumi
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Cast & Crew
Jungo Maruta - Executive Producer
Katsunosuke Hori - Voice Of
Koichi Yamadera - Voice Of
Masao Takiyama - Executive Producer
Megumi Hayashibara - Voice Of
Michiya Katou - Cinematographer
Nobutaka Ike - Art Director
Satoshi Kon - Director
Satoshi Kon - Screenplay
Seishi Minakami - Screenplay
Susumu Hirasawa - Original Music By
Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Toru Furuya - Voice Of
Yasutaka Tsutsui - Based On Novel By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 20866
UPC 00043396208667
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, Korean
Available Audio Tracks Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (2006) Venice Film Festival, Satoshi Kon, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource Eye Weekly
Review No parade has ever looked as jolly or as terrifying as the one that trundles through some of the trippiest scenes in Satoshi Kon's extremely trippy Paprika: multi-coloured confetti rains down on a procession that includes giant frogs, several walking kitchen appliances, assorted dolls and teddy bears, a few cars and a sashaying Statue of Liberty...Paprika even contains the sly suggestion that this strange and dangerous device already exists - in fact, we subject ourselves to its effects on a regular basis, whether in darkened multiplexes or at home in front of the TV. In the cop's recurring dream, he and Paprika find themselves variously situated in a suspense thriller, a romantic comedy and a Tarzan movie - what viewer hasn't imagined the same? In other scenes, characters jump into movie screens and through camera lenses, actions that playfully illustrate how movies function as a shared fantasy life for their viewers or, in more troubling instances, a collective unconscious teeming with ugly anxieties and repressed desires...But all my fancy talk can't convey just how much fun it is to watch Paprika - few films this year are likely to be as thrillingly inventive. It'll have you wanting to join that cheery procession against your better judgment.
Reviewer Jason Anderson
ReviewRating 10
Review All hell breaks loose at the circus for Tokyo police detective Kogawa (Akio Otsuka) when he finds himself pursued by clowns, acrobats, and more, and all mysteriously resembling him. He narrowly escapes into an elevator where more danger awaits, a Tarzan tableau on one floor, a garroting thug on another, until he finally he reaches the 17th floor where a corpse decorates the hallway...This 'toon for the grownup set is mostly enormously charming, at least until Paprika becomes ensnared in a dangerous dream. The threat of sexual violence casts a pall at the point. It is ugly and in a movie that otherwise honors women with its two strong heroines (even if they are essentially one person), its sudden appearance is shocking. The sequence is not long, but it plays like a slap in the face. Like the DC-Mini thief, the sequence serves to hijack a dream, in this case the dream that is the movie. Luckily, the fun returns with Paprika's smashing climax, but what could have been an altogether exhilarating ride is instead but a minor pleasure undercut by a repugnant shadow.
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Subtitled, Dubbed, English, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hayashibara,Megumi
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News Whatever it is you're looking'll find it in Satoshi Kon's anime adventure, a jaw-dropping feat of imagination.
Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies A relentlessly hallucinatory experience...
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune The movie keeps flooding us with strange, scary imagery.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Fiercely provocative, Paprika shames Hollywood's use of animation as a kiddie pacifier.
Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews ...adds quite a dash of spice to the anime genre and offers a fun ride.

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