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Japan · 2006
Rated R · 1h 30m
Director Satoshi Kon
Starring Megumi Hayashibara, Tōru Furuya, Kouichi Yamadera, Katsunosuke Hori
Genre Animation, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

DC Mini is a machine made to allow therapists to enter their patients' dreams to better understand them. Seems helpful enough. Until it falls into the wrong hands. Now it's up to Paprika to figure out who is using the machine for evil - and stop them.

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Kelsey Thomas Profile picture for Kelsey Thomas

PAPRIKA uses the imagination — more specifically, the dream world — to show what animation can do. If the modern viewer is able to look past some off-putting fatphobia, they will be rewarded with striking colors and interesting characters, though I personally didn’t enjoy the director’s concerted attempts to tie up loose ends and provide almost an excessive amount of closure at the, well, closing. Still, if you assume animation is inherently childish, this film will show you how wrong you are.

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Village Voice by

Paprika, based on a serialized novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, isn't a movie that's meant to be understood so much as simply experienced--or maybe dreamed.


Premiere by Aaron Hillis

Paprika ain't no kiddie 'toon, even if its thumpin' techno-pop and bubble-gum thrills have the same splashy palette as an episode of "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z."


The New Yorker by David Denby

The brilliant Paprika, directed by Satoshi Kon--a masterly example of Japanese anime, intended for adults--is partly hand drawn, and features multiple areas of visual activity layered at different distances from the picture plane.


New York Post by Lou Lumenick

I can't claim to have followed the story line of Paprika any better than I did "Pirates of the Caribbean," but this mind-blowing, adult animated adventure from Japan is half the length and maybe five times as much fun.

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