Directed by Satoshi Kon • 2006 • Japan
Starring Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Furuya, Koichi Yamadera
The final feature directed by anime legend Satoshi Kon is a dizzying, dazzling tour through the unconscious that takes the genre to new heights of giddy imagination. Atsuko is a psychiatrist who has developed a machine that will allow her to enter the dreams of her patients and study their psyches from the inside. She also does double duty as Paprika, a high-tech detective who uses this invention to find out the truth about what the people she’s investigating really think. When Atsuko falls victim to a thief who steals the one-of-a-kind machine, Paprika sets out to find it as a wave of psychological instability tears through the city.