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Paprika (2007) Fantasy leaks into reality, and an ominous, futuristic machine called the "DC Mini" lets one psychiatric institution's star researcher enter the dreams of her patients,… 2007-05-25 R PT90M Animation Toru Furuya Megumi Hayashibara Sony Pictures Classics
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Paprika (2007)

MPAA Rating: R

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KON ARTISTRY The master director sprinkles fantasy and reality in the mind-blowing anime Paprika
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KON ARTISTRY The master director sprinkles fantasy and reality in the mind-blowing anime Paprika
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: May 25, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 90 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Toru Furuya and Megumi Hayashibara; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Fantasy leaks into reality, and an ominous, futuristic machine called the ''DC Mini'' lets one psychiatric institution's star researcher enter the dreams of her patients, where she takes the guise of the redheaded sprite who gives the intricate, adult anime Paprika its title: We're in the territory of Japanese virtuoso Satoshi Kon (Tokyo Godfathers). Kon mixes visual beauty with disorienting perspectives for a cautionary tale about machine-influenced soullessness and the persistent Japanese popular love of the cute. A-

Originally posted May 30, 2007 Published in issue #938 Jun 08, 2007 Order article reprints