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Learn more about Paprika (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 205716016
UPC: 043396208667
UPC 14: 00043396208667
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"Blu-Ray Disc, Beyond High Definition."
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.

"Whatever it is you're looking'll find it in Satoshi Kon's anime adventure, a jaw-dropping feat of imagination.  Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A relentlessly hallucinatory experience...  Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"The movie keeps flooding us with strange, scary imagery.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Fiercely provocative, Paprika shames Hollywood's use of animation as a kiddie pacifier.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...adds quite a dash of spice to the anime genre and offers a fun ride.  Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews

Editor's 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.


Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Subtitled, Dubbed, English, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/17/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 20866
Video UPC UPC: 00043396208667
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Korean
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jungo Maruta - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Katsunosuke Hori - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Koichi Yamadera - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Masao Takiyama - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Megumi Hayashibara - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Michiya Katou - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Nobutaka Ike - Art Director
Video Cast Info Satoshi Kon - Director
Video Cast Info Satoshi Kon - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Seishi Minakami - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Susumu Hirasawa - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Takeshi Seyama - Editor
Video Cast Info Toru Furuya - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Yasutaka Tsutsui - Based On Novel By


Nominee (2006)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Satoshi Kon, Golden Lion Award

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[E]ye-popping....[The film] offers continued evidence that Japanese animators are reaching for the moon..." 10/06/2006 p.E11

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

New York Times
"[A] gorgeous riot of future-shock ideas and brightly animated imagery....A mind-twisting, eye-tickling wonder..." 05/25/2007 p.E15

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

Eye Weekly 10 of 10
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. - Jason Anderson 8 of 10
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. - Pam Grady

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hayashibara,Megumi
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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