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Paprika holding a DC Mini
Original Manga Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel
Director Satoshi Kon
Format Anime (Movie)
Made By Madhouse Studios
Length 90 minutes


Psychological, Action, Sci-Fi

Sum it up in a Sentence

Disaster strikes after a new psychotherapy device is stolen and used to make people fall into a deep sleep where their dreams merge together with one of a madman.

Main Description

A device called the DC Mini has been created that allows one's dreams to be viewed and analyzed. The title character is a young woman who is able to use the DC Mini not only to view but actually enter the subject's dreams and interact with them.

Everything is fine until several of the DC Mini units are stolen. The thief is able to use the DC Mini to alter the dreams of people who have previously used the unit; in fact the victims don't even need to be sleeping to be affected. This ends up being disastrous as they are forced into the dream of a psychiatric patient, which drives them crazy until they are awakened from it. The situation gets really bad as the border between the real world and the dream world is blurred.

Paprika tries to set things straight from within the dream while Dr. Atsuko Chiba, one of the developers of the DC Mini, along with Detective Konakawa Toshimi attempt to hunt down the culprit in the real world.

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Personal Opinions

Dan a man

I highly recommend this movie. The plot is strange yet fully understandable. The soundtrack is wonderful and the animation is top notch. See this in a theater if you have the chance.


I love Paprika! It has one of the best opening title sequences I've ever seen. Most of the movie is absolutely surreal (the various Parade scenes being the most notable) yet it remains easy to relate to because it's about people at it's heart. Mild Warning: it does have some moderately squeamish moments but nothing terribly overdone or super gory. The butterfly scene still makes me cringe, even though there isn't any blood.


Paprika's Wikipedia entry