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Paprika

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Paprika

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
90 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/25/07
performer:
Toru Furuya, Megumi Hayashibara
director:
Satoshi Kon
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Satoshi Kon, Seishi Minakami
genre:
Animation

We gave it a B+

Paprika is sure to be a midnight-movie perennial; this jazzy anime entry adds a few new colors to the dream-invasion genre. Director Satoshi Kon’s plotting is abstruse (something about a stolen gizmo called the DC-Mini?), but his visuals are clean and sunny, most of all in the film’s recurring hallucination: a jingly parade of sashaying refrigerators, geisha dolls, and horn-tooting frogs that’s both trance-inducing and terrifying. EXTRAS Kon’s commentary extols the influence of Slaughterhouse-Five and explains the opening nightmare’s circus setting: ”It’s so cheerful that it’s almost psychotic.” B+

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