Japan, 2006, 90 min, 35mm, Dir. Satoshi Kon, Rated R, Japanese with English Subtitles, Sony Pictures Classics


Wednesday, 6/29 & Thursday, 6/30

"In Paprika, a gorgeous riot of future-shock ideas and brightly animated imagery, the doors of perception never close." – Manohla Dargis, New York Times

For Satoshi Kon, animation is key to presenting the ideas and themes he explores in his films. No work exemplifies this better than his final film, Paprika. Set in the near future where a revolutionary form of therapy has been invented, doctors are able to enter their patient’s dreams using a device called a “DC mini.” What begins as a form of healing by Dr. Atsuko Chiba and her dream alter ego, Paprika, turns into a nightmare as a nefarious agent seeks to use the device to protect dreams from humanity and gain power. Released four years before Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Inception explored the world of dreams and based on Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1993 novel of the same name, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, where it also premiered. It has been listed in numerous best of lists, including Time Magazine, Time Out, and Newsweek. Even actor Elijah Wood is a fan, saying, “[Paprika] blew my mind.” Susumu Hirasawa’s score further blends dreams and reality by being the first made for a film to use a Vocaloid, a singing voice synthesizer developed by Yamaha.

As a follow-up to our MIYAZAKI! Ghibli's Master of Japanese Animation festival last summer, this year we're expanding to the best the medium has to offer with a new festival, Anime: Japanese Gems taking place June 24-30, 2016.

For the hardcore fans, an $80 festival pass will be available that grants admission to all films.
Order your series pass and receive an exclusive commemorative Anime: Japanese Gems lanyard with limited edition anime buttons.

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Check out the rest of our Anime: Japanese Gems program!