Paprika

Paprika

DVD - 2007 | Japanese
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"Centers on a revolutionary machine that allows scientists to enter and record a subject's dream. After it is stolen, a fearless detective and a brilliant therapist join forces to recover the device before it falls into the hands of a 'dream terrorist'"--Container.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2007
ISBN: 9781424855711
1424855713
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Pa
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,Dolby digital
NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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1aa
Jul 22, 2017

A fascinating, dizzying, phantasmagorical, dream-film! Gilliam-esque on Gilliam flavoured steroids! Even the music is great (especially the main theme music). There is a maze of allegory within symbols within symbols within allegories... and so on. I should recommend that one set the language preferences to English rather than simply add the subtitles (the subtitles are a significant distraction for this film).

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DavidTeller
Feb 25, 2017

one of THE BEST anime films ever. (in MY top 10 at least) consider it a "dark fantasy/sci-fi" movie

it's an adult movie, as mentioned, and is loaded with a lot of japanese style surrealism with one torture scene featuring anime style "gore" though not of the blood & guts variety, but it is also very beautifully animated as satoshi kon's films (also check out tokyo godfathers, memories, paranoia agent (series) & even rojin-z... millenium actress & perfect blue are supposed to be very good too) rival miyazaki's films, though they're aimed more at adults, particularly the paranoia agent series which is a good followup to paprika if you like that.

if you start watching SK films, keep your eyes peeled for characters in all of his previous films to make passing cameos in other films.

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3reading4stem2011
Dec 27, 2016

I will say that this one while it is good Anime in my opinion this one is not for younger children. I say that due to the violence in it. Said violence sort of takes on a dream -like quality,but it also seems to suggest Suicide and involves a main character. I will also say that the machine itself is another reason that I agree with the rating of this movie.They rated it "R". I will also sya that his other works were more beautiful.

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dwood9
Jun 18, 2014

After being exposed to Miyazaki films, I had been anxious to see other fantastical anime like Paprika. There is an unfortunate stereotype of anime being "all the same," "childish," and so on. Paprika definitely challenges this. It was beautifully artistic; I felt like I never had enough time for each shot to take in all of the imagery. Like other reviewers, the film really was brilliant at capturing the feel of dreams. I really felt like I could immediately connect with the characters, especially Konakawa, Paprika, and Shima. I also found myself thinking about dream/reality distinctions, the challenges and benefits of the spread of science and technology, and Jungian ideas about the collective unconscious. At times, I felt like the plot did become a little too nonsensical with unfinished story arcs. However, I suppose that may have been the point? Dreams are to be interpreted, not explained to you. Overall, a great film!

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Lexikal
Mar 21, 2014

This movie is visually amazing, wondrous and made me feel as if I was actually dreaming (it captured the odd certainty people have in dreams when dreams shift or change or nonsense details are reported as if they are common knowledge). The animation is amazing and detailed, the characters are not flat and one dimensional like so many anime movies and the music was whimsical and charming. I had an incredibly strong sense of deja vu while watching this, probably because it captured the essence of dreams so well, but it was also a spiritual movie in many ways, making the viewer question their concepts and the limits of reality, consciousness, free will, the power of thought to physically manifest. This is one of my favourite animes, along with Akira, Spirited Away and Tekkonkinkreet.

theorbys Jan 27, 2012

Characters are excellent and the plot is very direct (but there are some good twists and turns) and the pervasive dream element keeps you off balance trying to figure out not only who did it, but what is really going on (is it a dream or real?). In the end it all gets resolved nicely. Besides great characters and story, the visuals are powerful and interesting.

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Mauve_Llama_1
Nov 13, 2011

The movie is rated R due to a few scenes of gun violence and nudity. The nudity scenes are not sexual nor lewd. The visuals are stunning. The story is good. It is about human psyche and sharing dreams using a machine called DC mini. I am curious if the movie inception stole some ideas from this movie. It is an animation masterpiece.

theshyreader Nov 11, 2011

The animation was lovely but the story was confusing. I did not like the ending because they didn't really explain who the real culprit was. Whether it was the scientist guy who had a grudge, or the chairman himself, or if they were both working together.

jlazcan Oct 14, 2011

I am not a huge fan of Japanese animation, but this piece kept me entertained and impressed with its story and sheer magnitude. It has everything Japanese animation should have and scales it up into a true masterpiece.

littlewing Oct 13, 2011

its a REALLY good film. its like if inception and spirited away had a baby.

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