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Paprika

More lucid anime dreams from Satoshi Kon

With Paprika, Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers, Millinneum 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.
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Directed by: 
Satoshi Kon
Running Time: 
90
Country(ies): 
Japan
Language: 
Japanese with English subtitles
Starring: 
Animation voices; Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Furuya, Koichi Yamadera, Katsunosuke Hori
Screenplay by: 
Seishi Minakami based on a novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui

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