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Paprika [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Megumi Hayashibara , Tôru Emori , Satoshi Kon    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya, Kôichi Yamadera
  • Directors: Satoshi Kon
  • Writers: Satoshi Kon, Seishi Minakami, Yasutaka Tsutsui
  • Producers: Jungo Maruta, Masao Takiyama
  • Format: AC-3, Animated, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese, English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWYJ68
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,869 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on a novel by the noted Japanese science fiction writer Yasutaka Tsutui, the brilliant and unsettling feature Paprika continues director Satoshi Kon's exploration of the disturbingly permeable boundaries between dreams and reality. Techno-geek Kosaku Tokita invented the DC Mini to allow therapists to enter a patient's dreams and explore his unconscious, but an evil cabal uses the Mini to create a mass nightmare that causes multiple suicides. Psychotherapist Atsuko Chiba uses her alter-identity, "dream detective" Paprika, to intervene. Entering the nightmare, she witness a bizarre parade of appliances, toys, and kitsch objects: all of her intelligence and imagination are needed to escape this nightmare and its perpetrators. As he did in Millennium Actress and Paranoia Agent, Kon effortlessly carries the audience between reality and fantasy, confirming his reputation as one of the most talented and interesting directors working in animation today. (Contains violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon,

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the oddest things I have ever seen 7 Jan 2008
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Put simply Paprika is one of the strangest films I have ever seen and is a work of pure genius at the same time. In the film a device that allows someone to enter another's dream has been stolen and the devices designers try to track it down before it falls into the hands of a dream terrorist. This is what it says on in the blurb on the back of the DVD and although this is a good description the basic plot there is far more to it than this rather basic description. Paprika is a very difficult film to classify and it is definitely a film you will need to watch multiple times to understand it.

Paprika is brilliantly made with some stunning and surreal animation easily showing how, when used properly, animation can be as good as if not better than anything live action can produce. The films plot can be very confusing but despite this, it never ceases to be anything less than engrossing. Whether you watch this film with the English dub or subtitles will have to be a personal choice as both have their advantages but I would have to say that the dubbed version is the easiest one to follow in places. Paprika is a simply stunning film and although definitely not to everyone's taste, it is easily one of my all time favourite films.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kon's latest masterpiece 25 Aug 2007
If you're going to convince people that anime isn't totally crazy, Paprika is not the film to choose.
If you're going to convince them that it's one of the lushest, most imaginative and progressive forms of visual entertainment there is, you've come to the right place.
I've owned Paprika for a few weeks now, thanks to a French import (a word of advice- it works OK on UK players and even the menus and subtitles are English). Suffice to say that I haven't been so impressed by a film's visuals since Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. I'll go straight into those, as they are the first thing you will notice. The amount of activity going on in some scenes is astounding, and the bright, happy colours in the disturbing dream world (more on that later) look fantastic on this DVD. The CG used has been integrated so well that you can hardly notice it- look at the corridor in the first scene. Overall it's an astonishing achievement, and fortunately every other aspect of the film is brilliant as well.
The story is just as engaging as the fabulous visuals. It focuses on Dr Atsuko Chiba, who uses an invention called the DC Mini to enter people's dreams. As the technology has not yet been legalised, she has to assume another identity in dreams- the titular Paprika, who, in contrast to the sharp, serious doctor, is a fun, friendly redheaded young woman.
The plot soon takes a sinister turn, as someone has been abusing the DC Mini's abilities to manipulate people's dreams and control them. Soon people are being held in their dreams indefinitely, although thanks to the DC Mini those in the "real" world can view the dream on monitors.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great rent or purchase 26 Mar 2008
I was extremely hesitant over watching Paprika. I don't like to be disappointed by hype and lowered my expectations accordingly. Thankfully Paprika was not the erratic disjointed hot mess that I was expecting.

To start with the soundtrack is amazing. I was obsessed as soon as I heard it. It's very uplifting and catchy. Watching Paprika glide through the skies to the music was very enjoyable.

Secondly, the story is quite easy to follow. There's a bit of technical jargon (something about a DC Mini which can transport you into someone's dreams) but you don't have to pay too much attention to know that basically dreams and reality are colliding and someone evil is responsible for it. I would say the plot is pitched at a more adult level rather than for children as there are subtle hints about relationships between characters that would fly over a child's head.

Thirdly, the quality of animation is superb. It may not have the scope and epic feel of a large budget Studio Ghibli film but it makes up for that in ingenuity and creative verve. The dream sequences are simply outstanding being alternately gorgeous and disturbing.

The plot does get a little crazy towards the end but it left me with the urge to watch the whole thing again and again. Paprika makes a great rent. I wouldn't buy it on a whim unless I had seen it first though as I feel the film may not be to everyone's taste.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificently captivating 27 Jan 2009
By rtyall
I'd been putting off watching Paprika for a while, mostly because I was a dubious about how a film based on dreams could hold it's own against a film like "Millenium actress". I've been humbled.

You can see that every part of the film has been observed through a fine toothed comb. The lush backgrounds, the characters created with depth and personality, the amazing plot and storyline. All of these are done superbly, but even more incredibly the score was mesmerising. I don't normally notice such things, but every time music came in, it created an atmosphere, gave an emotion and enveloped you in the rest of the film. I can't think of any reason to give this film less than five stars, it's a pleasure to view, it's an auditory dream, it's story is second to none. My only gripe is that the majority of westerners won't see it because of subtitles, but more shame them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 19 days ago by clocktower
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by David Wykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant and Bizarre
Paprika is a novel written by Yasutaka Tsutsui, an award winning Japanese science fiction writer. The film was co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon with Seishi Minakami and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars but I wanted to emphasise that Paprika is ranked number 2 on my...
I can't comment on the quality of the blu ray transfer, but I wanted to emphasise that Paprika is ranked number 2 on my favourite anime films, beaten only by Akira and Princess... Read more
Published 3 months ago by annwooda
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant, exciting, visual and gorgeous!
With Studio Ghibli holding a bit of a monopoly over the Anime feature film market in the West, this classic directed by Satoshi Kon is sometimes overlooked. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and crazy
Agree with previous reviews that this is not a film to prove that anime is not weird!
Someone steals a machine that allows you into people's dreams and chaos ensues as... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert J Buckland
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend, quick delivery
I bought this for a friend, it was packaged well and fast delivery.

As described but I was sent DVD with a different cover than the one on the image. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Y. L. Kan
5.0 out of 5 stars anime with lots of action but not violent
Wonderfully crafted anime - interesting story and really well-done graphics. No skimping on the filmic qualities - and the music is lively. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rosemary Frood
5.0 out of 5 stars Would give 10 stars!
Oh my. I love Satoshi Kon. I didn't think he could top Millennium Actress, but he did! Paprika is visually stunning, and the story is really interesting too. Read more
Published 10 months ago by yvaine
4.0 out of 5 stars great if a little trippy
great anime movie, definitely one you'll watch again. As soon as it finished I wanted to watch it again, not completely sure what was going on all the time hence the need to watch... Read more
Published 13 months ago by I Like Stuff
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