Nov 5 Closing: PAPRIKA 20.30


Year: 2006
Country: Japan
Genre: Animation/ Sci-Fi/ Fantasy/ Adventure
Runtime: 90 min.
Director: Satoshi Kon
Art director: Nobutaka Ike
Screenplay: Seishi Minakami, Satoshi Kon, Yasutaka Tsutsui (based on his novel)
Producer: Jungo Maruta, Taro Morishima, Masao Takiyama
Production company: Madhouse
Cast: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Furuya, Akio Ôtsuka
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)

Paprika is a tribute to the power of animation to tell wildly out-of-the-box stories. Centered on Doctor Atsuko Chiba and her dream doppelgänger Paprika, the eponymous film sets high stakes from the get-go as prototypes of a revolutionary machine are stolen – one that allows therapists to dive into a patient’s dreams. Together with the device’s genius inventor, Kosaku Tokita, and the help of detective Toshimi Konakawa, himself a recipient of experimental dream therapy, Chiba and her alter ego race against time to stop the thieves from distorting reality into a living nightmare. 

A film that dwells in the subconscious but is actually about stepping out of the darkness, into the light, as we move past our delusions and repressions and into a more fully integrated self, Paprika pushes the boundaries of science and imagination and dissolves the barrier between dreams and reality through the director’s masterful editing. Kon’s surreal masterpiece is the ultimate sci-fi fantasy that recognizes the value of thrilling visuals and packs a punch as pure entertainment.

A mind-melting experience like no other, Paprika is also an unparalleled feast for the senses thanks to the contributions of art director Nobutaka Ike and composer Susumu Hirasawa. Ike, a longtime collaborator of Kon who worked on his previous films as well as his ambitious mini series, Paranoia Agent, floods the screen with vibrant colors when leaving the realm of reality while Hirasawa’s score – as trippy as it is hypnotic – achieves a similar effect by resonating on the subconscious level of dream logic.

Attend the closing night of Lund Fantastic 2021 and rejoin the parade as we march once more to the beat of Satoshi Kon’s singular drum in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Paprika, his unforgettable final film. Take the clown’s word for it: “It’s the greatest showtime!”