Paprika | パプリカ Animezing

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

In memory of legendary animator and director Satoshi Kon
October 12, 1963 – August 24, 2010

In the near future, a revolutionary psychotherapy device allows doctors to enter patients’ dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. But before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced technology, one of the prototypes is stolen. In the wrong hands it could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality as they sleep. When several of the lab’s researchers begin to go mad, renowned scientist Atsuko Chiba enters the dream world with her fearless alter-ego, codenamed “PAPRIKA,” to discover who is behind this plot to destroy people’s minds.

Groundbreaking animator Satoshi Kon, whose credits include Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress, and Perfect Blue, directed this visually stunning adaptation of the popular science fiction novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It was the last film he completed before his death last month at the age of 46 Paprika made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.

Tom Vick, Film Programmer for the Freer and Sackler Galleries and author of Asian Cinema: A Field Guide will join us to discuss the film following the screening.


As a showcase of the limitless power of the imagination, Paprika never fails to delight the eye and engage the mind.

Toronto Star

We're so used to current cautious commercial formulas, it comes as an enjoyable shock to see something like Satoshi Kon's Japanese film, Paprika, which reminds us that with animation, almost anything you can imagine can be represented.

Globe and Mail

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