February 28th, 2007 by Rene , Category : News

As soon as I heard the music and saw the animation in the trailer to “Paprika” I knew this was Satoshi Kon’s handy work. It is adapted from Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1993 novel Paprika, about a female detective who investigates criminal cases by entering the dreams of her subjects. The film version of Paprika is about 29 year old Dr. Atsuko Chiba a 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. The film was directed by Satoshi Kon, animated by Madhouse Studios and produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The music was composed by Susumu Hirasawa, who also composed the soundtrack for Kon’s award-winning film, Millennium Actress, and television series, Paranoia Agent.


Its world premiere took place at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2006. It also competed at the 19th Tokyo International Film Festival from October 21—29, 2006 as the opening screening for the 2006 TIFF Animation CG Festival. It was also a part of the 44th New York Film Festival, playing on October 7, 2006. It is tentatively scheduled for theatrical releases on November 25, 2006 in Japan and May 25 2007 in the United States.

Check out the Trailer here.

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