Award-winning Satoshi Kon classic premieres on Free TV for the first time.
Philippine terrestrial network Studio 23 has premiered the Satoshi Kon classic Paprika on Saturday for the first time on Philippine Free TV, and was aired in Filipino dubbing.
It was aired on the “Barkada Nights” movie block at 06:00pm, right after a rerun of an ABS-CBN Sports program. It was the first time for the ABS-CBN Corporation-owned UHF channel to air an anime movie on one of its movie block.
In the near future, a revolutionary new psychotherapy treatment called PT has been invented. Through a device called the “DC Mini” it is able to act as a “dream detective” to enter into people’s dreams and explore their unconscious thoughts. Before the government can pass a bill authorizing the use of such advanced psychiatric technology, one of the prototypes is stolen, sending the research facility into an uproar. In the wrong hands, the potential misuse of the device could be devastating, allowing the user to completely annihilate a dreamer’s personality while they are asleep. Renowned scientist, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, enters the dream world under her exotic alter-ego, code name “PAPRIKA,” in an attempt to discover who is behind the plot to undermine the new invention. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film, based on a 1993 novel with the same name written by Yatsutaka Tsutsui. The anime movie was directed by the late Satoshi Kon, and screenplay was written by both Kon and Shishi Minakami, who also wrote the scripts for anime titles like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, To Aru Majutsu no Index, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, and Sugar: A Little Snow Fairy.
The movie was screened in various movie festival, like Venice Film Festival (Italy), New York Film Festival (U.S.A.), and Gothenburg Film Festival (Sweden), and won accolades, such as “The Golden Lion (Best Film) in Venice Film Festival (2006) and “Prêmio da Crítica” in Fansaporto (2007)
The anime movie was first aired in the Philippines by Filipino-language anime channel HEROtv, which is also Studio 23’s cable TV sister station, in April 2011, albeit in Original Japanese audio with Filipino subtitles.
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