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Paprika (2006)

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“Papurika”

Animation, Drama, Fantasy |

Paprika is a Japanese science-fiction psychological thriller anime film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. It is Kon’s fourth and final feature film before his death in 2010. The film stars the voices of Megumi Hayashibara, Tōru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tōru Furuya, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, and Hideyuki Tanaka.

Kon and Seishi Minakami wrote the script, and Japanese animation studio Madhouse animated and produced the film alongside Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, which distributed it in Japan. The score was composed by Susumu Hirasawa. The film received wide acclaim from critics. Sony Pictures via Sony Pictures Classics distributed the film in the United States, where it received a limited release.

In the near future, a device called the “DC Mini” allows the user to view people’s dreams. The head of the team working on this treatment, Doctor Atsuko Chiba, begins using the machine illegally to help psychiatric patients outside of the research facility, using her alter-ego “Paprika”, a persona she assumes in the dream world. Chiba’s closest allies are Doctor Toratarō Shima, the chief of the department, and Doctor Kōsaku Tokita, an obese, genius man-child and inventor of the DC Mini.

Director: Satoshi Kon

Writers: Yasutaka Tsutsui (novel), Seishi Minakami (screenplay), Satoshi Kon (screenplay)

Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Kôichi Yamadera, Tôru Furuya, Akio Ôtsuka

Cast:

Megumi HayashibaraPaprika / Chiba Atsuko (voice)
Tôru FuruyaTokita Kohsaku (voice)
Kôichi YamaderaOsanai Morio (voice)
Katsunosuke HoriShima Tora-taroh (voice)
Tôru EmoriInui Sei-jiroh (voice)
Akio ÔtsukaDetective Kogawa Toshimi (voice)
Hideyuki TanakaGuy (voice)
Satomi KôrogiJapanese Doll (voice)
Daisuke SakaguchiHimuro Kei (voice)
Mitsuo IwataTsumura Yasushi (voice)
Rikako AikawaKakimoto Nobue (voice)
Shin’ichirô ÔtaReporter (voice)
Satoshi KonJin-nai (voice)
Yasutaka TsutsuiKuga (voice)
Brian BeacockHajime Himuro / Kuga (voice)
Doug ErholtzDr. Morio Osanai (voice)
Michael ForestDr. Seijiro Inui (voice)
Shinya FukumatsuMagician (voice)
Kumiko IzumiAnnouncer (voice)
Anri KatsuResearcher (voice)
Akiko KawaseWaitress (voice)
David LodgeDr. Torataro Shima (voice)
Yuri LowenthalDr. Kosaku Tokita (voice)
Kôzô MitoPierrot (voice) (as Kozo Mito)
Eiji MiyashitaInstitute member (voice)
Cindy RobinsonDr. Atsuko Chiba / Paprika (voice)
Paul St. PeterDetective Toshimi Konakawa (voice)
Ezra WeiszKonakawa’s Old Friend (voice) (as Ethan Murray)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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