Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN

Paprika— What is thought?

The film was introduced by posing the questions: What is a thought? What is knowledge? What are the contents of mind? The introduction framed an understanding of cognitive processes and architectures involved in perception, memory, knowledge, representation, and thought.

Indiana University Cinema Bloomington, IN

Film Synopsis

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it.

Dr. Atsuko Chiba (voiced by Megumi Hayashibara) works as a scientist by day and, under the code name "Paprika," as a dream detective by night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong hands it could destroy people's minds. When a prototype is stolen, Atsuko springs into action to recover it before damage is done. This award-winning Japanese anime film is based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name.