A wonderful psychedelic mishmash of colors and deviations when multiple dreams collide and are invaded by people who are awake.
In this Japanese anime epic, humanity’s last bastion of privacy has finally been infiltrated by technology, the world of our dreams. The story centers on a new invention called the DC-Mini. With this revolutionary device, psychiatrists are now able to enter a patient’s dreams in a therapeutic setting. But when an unknown assailant steals all of the devices, using them to enter peoples minds enacting mind control, chaos ensues as dreams begin to bleed into reality, and the thin line between the conscious and the unconscious begins to blur. Enter a young female researcher named Chiba, who takes it upon herself to delve into the newly anarchic dream world in order to set things straight. In this surreal realm her name is Paprika, and she’s out to save the world. Bursting with fantastic imagery and breathtakingly innovative animation.
Japanese Title: Paprika (パプリカ)
Other Titles: Papurika
Rating: R (for violent and sexual images)
Genre: Anime, Feature Film
Directed By: Satoshi Kon
Written By: Seishi Minakami, Satoshi Kon
Language: Japanese (Subtitled in English)
Release Date: Oct 7, 2006
Worldwide Gross: $944,915 (Outside of Japan)
Runtime: 91 minutes
Megumi Hayashibara as Doctor Atsuko Chiba (千葉 敦子博士, Chiba Atsuko-hakase), an attractive and modest psychiatrist and researcher at the Institute for Psychiatric Research. She uses the DC Mini to treat her clients inside their dreams under the guise of her alter ego Paprika (パプリカ, Papurika).
Tōru Furuya as Doctor Kōsaku Tokita (時田 浩作博士, Tokita Kōsaku-hakase), an obese child-at-heart genius and the inventor of the DC Mini. He is Chiba’s closest ally, although she often treats him coldly. Tokita often calls Chiba “Atsu-chan” as a symbol of affection.
Tōru Emori as Doctor Seijirō Inui (乾 精次郎博士, Inui Seijirō-hakase), the wheelchair-bound chairman of the Institute for Psychiatric Research who calls himself the “protector of the dreamworld” but is in fact using the DC Mini for his own nefarious purposes, seemingly interested in using it to regain mobility as well as power.
Katsunosuke Hori as Doctor Toratarō Shima (島 寅太郎博士, Shima Toratarō-hakase), the cheerful and friendly chief of staff at the Institute for Psychiatric Research and an ally of Atsuko Chiba.
Akio Ōtsuka as Detective Toshimi Konakawa (粉川 利美刑事, Konakawa Toshimi-keiji), a friend of Shima and a client of Paprika. He is haunted by a recurring dream that stems from an anxiety neurosis. He is infatuated with Paprika.