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Genre: Animation
Photography: Color
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: September 2, 2006 (Venice, Italy)
November 25, 2006 (Japan)
Directed by: Satoshi Kon
Written by: Satoshi Kon
Seishi Minakami
Distributed by: Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan
Starring: Toru Emori
Megumi Hayashibara
Toru Furuya
Katsunosuke Hori
Akio Otsuka
Kōichi Yamadera
Hideyuki Tanaka
Previous film: N/A
Next film: N/A

Paprika is a 2006 Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller anime film.  It was directed by Satoshi Kon, written by Seishi Minakami and Satoshi Kon, musically composed by Susumu Hirasawa, cinematography by Michiya Katou, edited by Takeshi Seyama, distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, produced by Jungo Maruta, Masao Takiyama, and famous Japanese anime company Studio Madhouse, and it starred Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Toru Furuya, Akio Otsuka, Koichi Yamadera, and Hideyuki Tanaka.  It was also based on a novel of the same name from 1993 which was written by Yasutaka Tsutsui.  


Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name "Paprika," is a dream detective at night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong hands, it could destroy people's minds. When a prototype is stolen, Atsuko/Paprika springs into action to recover it before damage is done.

Why It Rocks

  1. Much like two of Satoshi Kon's other feature films, Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress, this movie has a really strong, interesting, likable, and deep main female character.  
  2. Excellent animation.  
  3. Paprika is notable for helping to inspire famous Christopher Nolan live action movie Inception from 2010.  
  4. Very appealing character designs.  
  5. This was one of the first movies to deal with dreams and discuss what separates a dream from reality.  
  6. Great voice acting.  
  7. The film does an effective job of making it to where you sometimes don't know if the characters are dreaming or not.  
  8. Amazing soundtrack.  
  9. It's an example of an adaptation of a book in which it improved on it in every possible way.  


Paprika has an 83% critic rating and an 87% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.9/5 on Letterboxd, a 7.7/10 on the International Movie Database (IMDB), an 8.12/10 on MyAnimeList, an 81.32% community approval rating on Kitsu, and a 4/5 on AnimePlanet.