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Director: Satoshi Kon
Scriptwriter: Satoshi Kon, Seishi Minakimi, Ike Nobutawa
Character Design : Ando Masashi
Animation Studio: Mad House Studios
Distribution: Sony Pictures

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Satoshi Kon

selected filmography:

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Millenium Actress (2000)

Perfect Blue (1997)

Paprika *

Director: Satoshi Kon
Japan | 2006 | 35mm | 90 Min. | OmeU | German Premiere

29 year old, Dr. Atsuko Chiba is an attractive but modest Japanese research psychotherapist whose work is on the cutting edge of her field. Her alter-ego is a stunning and fearless 18 year old dream detective,code named PAPRIKA, who can enter into people's dreams and synchronize with their unconscious to help uncover the source of their anxiety or neurosis.


At Atsuko's lab, a powerful new psychotherapy devise known as the DC-MINI has been invented by her brilliant colleague, Dr. Tokita, a nerdy genius who is rather too fond of his food. Although this state-of-art devise could revolutionize the world of psychotherapy, in the wrong hands the potential misuse of the devise could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate the dreamer’s personality while they are asleep.


When one of the only four existing DC-MINI prototypes is stolen in the final stages of research, and simultaneously Dr. Tokita's research assistant, Himuro, goes missing, Atsuko suspects it's not a coincidence. Several of the remaining researchers at the lab start to go mad, dreaming while in their waking states, haunted by a Japanese doll which featured heavily in the dreams of one of Himuro's schizophrenic patients. Atsuko now knows for certain that the DC MINI is being used to destroy people's minds. She fears that not only will the government refuse to sanction the use of the machine for psychotherapy purposes when it becomes public, but whoever is manipulating the machines has a more evil purpose in mind.

(official synopsis)

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