PAPRIKA

Invading Dreamland

Content -2
Quality
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Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: May 25, 2007

Starring: THE VOICES OF Megumi
Hayashibara, Toru Emori,
Katsunosuke Hori, Toru Furuya,
and Akio Ohtsuka

Genre: Animated/Science Fiction
Thriller

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Satoshi Kon

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Sony Pictures Entertainment
and Paprika Film Partners

Writer: Satoshi Kon and Seishi
Minakami

Address Comments To:

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
Co-Presidents
Sony Pictures Classics
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 833-8833
Web Page: http://www.sonyclassics.com
Email: Sony_Classics@spe.sony.com

Content:

(H, Ab, VV, S, NN, A, D, M) Light humanist worldview where technology can manipulate reality, plus character says “God and Buddha will change religion” but character has clearly gone insane and is saying other nonsense; no foul language; strong action cartoon violence with a little blood such as two men shot, moving tree roots chase a character in a dream, woman tied down, robot fires missiles at people, large doll knocks down walls, giant hole starts to suck city into its depths as giant towers above; implied sex; upper and rear female nudity in two scenes; alcohol use; smoking; and, stealing and greed.

Summary:

PAPRIKA is a bizarre Japanese animation about a plot to take over the world through a device that can manipulate people’s dreams. Though mind-mending, PAPRIKA is not as visually impressive or captivating as the best of Japanese animation, and it contains some violence, nudity and sexual references.

Review:

PAPRIKA is a bizarre Japanese animation based on a Japanese science fiction novel.

In the story, Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius psychotherapist who enters her patients’ dreams via a new device called the “DC Mini.” Dr. Chiba’s nerdy, overweight colleague, Dr. Tokita invented the device.

One of the prototypes is stolen and several of the researchers of Dr. Chiba’s lab start to go mad, including Dr. Chiba’s research boss. She brings her boss back to reality by invading his dreams as her therapeutic alter-ego, Paprika. She soon finds, however, that someone is trying to invade the dreams of Dr. Tokita and one of her patients, a homicide detective.

Eventually, Dr. Chiba discovers that the chairman of her company is trying to control everyone’s dreams and take over the world. She must figure out a way to stop him before the real world and the dream world become one, and the chairman is the only person left.

Though mind-mending, PAPRIKA is not as visually impressive or involving as one of Satoshi Kon’s previous work, MILENNIUM ACTRESS. The characters are also not as captivating, including the lackluster heroine. PAPRIKA also contains some violence, cartoon nudity and a few sexual references, so extreme caution is advised.

In Brief:

PAPRIKA is a bizarre Japanese animation based on a Japanese science fiction novel. In the story, Dr. Atsuko Chiba is a genius psychotherapist who enters her patients’ dreams via a device called the “DC Mini.” Dr. Chiba’s nerdy, overweight colleague, Dr. Tokita invented the device. A prototype is stolen and several of the researchers of Dr. Chiba’s lab start to go mad, including Dr. Chiba’s research boss. She brings her boss back to reality by invading his dreams as her therapeutic alter-ego, Paprika. Someone is also trying to invade the dreams of Dr. Tokita and one of her patients, a homicide detective. Eventually, Dr. Chiba discovers that her company’s chairman is trying to control everyone’s dreams and take over the world. She must stop him before the real world and the dream world become one, and the chairman is the only person left.

Though mind-mending, PAPRIKA is not as visually impressive or involving as one of Satoshi Kon’s previous work, MILENNIUM ACTRESS. The characters are also not as captivating, including the lackluster heroine. PAPRIKA also contains some action violence, cartoon nudity and a few sexual references, so extreme caution is advised.