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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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Widescreen  1.85:1
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
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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