Movies like Paprika 2006

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Paprika (2006)
 7.7
 62K
Paprika (2006)
Original name: パプリカ
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful, enigmatic, stylized, mind bending, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: surveillance, investigation, villain, mental illness, deception, dreams, scientist, research, psychiatrist, human nature, introspection, doctors and patients, impersonating, mermaid, betrayal, jealousy, abuse, conspiracy, personality change, fairy, dream, guilt, suicide, missing person, advertising ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Paprika

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, serious, atmospheric and futuristic films with plots about storytelling, danger, future dystopia, fantasy world, brutality, dialogue and imaginary mostly in Animation, Drama and Sci-Fi genres. Some movies like Paprika: Perfect Blue (1997), Akira (1988), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Psycho-Pass (2012), Waking Life (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 46K
Perfect Blue (1997)
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, surreal, atmospheric ...
Plot: stalking, split personality, obsession, singer, murder, mind game, tv show, actress, serial killer, actor's life, dangerous attraction, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 144K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, cult film, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, protest, scientist, mutation, hallucinations, government, nihilism, nuclear holocaust, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.
Style: psychedelic, psychological, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: drug abuse, undercover, losing-it hero, addiction, neo noir, law enforcement, fighting crime, future dystopia, surveillance, schizophrenia, split personality, unfulfillment ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future
Place: california, usa, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.2
 13K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, master criminal, mastermind, human nature, police investigation, future dystopia, partners against crime, chase, anarchist, criminal, police, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.8
 58K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: surreal, captivating, stylized, philosophical, clever ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, lifestyle, imagination, human nature, imaginary, bohemian life, daydreamer, nightmare, life after death, reincarnation, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding ...
Style: psychological, futuristic, twist ending, surreal, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: philosophy, mecha, insanity, loneliness, violence, youth, apocalypse, rebirth, space wars, imaginary, a.i., teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 14 years after third impact, Ikari Shinji awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, Nerv has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic ...
Style: psychological, futuristic, atmospheric, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: space travel, androids and robots, apocalypse, imaginary, future dystopia, save the world, worldwide chaos, life is a bitch, young heroes, society, danger, father son relationship ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Originally a collection of clips from the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series, Death was created as a precursor to the re-worked ending of the series. Rebirth was intended as that re-worked ending, but after production overruns Rebirth became only the ...
Style: psychological, stylized, futuristic, serious, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: evil alien, androids and robots, surrealism, giant robot, apocalypse, space travel, danger, society, high school life, destiny, high school, master villain ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Groundbreaking director Mamoru Oshii continues to push the boundaries of art and anime with this universally acclaimed cyber thriller following cyborg detective Batou as he tries to unravel the reasons for a murderous robot revolt in the year 2032. ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, cult film ...
Audience: teens
Plot: cyberpunk, investigation, androids and robots, philosophy, cyborgs, undercover, escapades, imaginary, danger, computers and web, loss of partner, crimes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 7K
Metropia (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Norway
Duration: 86 min.
Story: In the near future, oil reserves are nearly depleted and Europe is connected by series of underground tunnels. While navigating these tunnels, Roger hears voices, one in particular. Seeking a way to rid himself of the voice only leads Roger deeper ...
Style: stylized, futuristic, atmospheric, exciting, serious ...
Plot: chaos, society, corporate crimes, life is a bitch, future dystopia, danger, mind control, surveillance, conspiracy, bomb, imaginary, dystopic future ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, scandinavia, stockholm sweden, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka ...
Style: atmospheric, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mecha, post apocalypse, good versus evil, giant, apocalypse, escapades, imaginary, man versus machine, danger, fate of humanity, pilot, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Patlabor: The Movie (1989)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A mysterious suicide and a series of unmanned robot run-aways sparks off a Police investigation into the suspicious software on-board thousands of industrial robots around Tokyo.
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: robot, police, save the day, investigation, adventure, master villain, life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem, imaginary, crimes, escapades, chases and races ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
 19K
Metropolis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Duke Red has overseen the construction of a massive Ziggurat to extend his power across the whole planet. Tima, a robot-girl built in the image of his deceased daughter, is at the core of these plans. However, after escaping the Duke's clutches ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, suspenseful, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: metropolis, robot, megalomaniac, heroic mission, world domination, self discovery, adventure, save the day, uncover truth, androids and robots, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster'. Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is a reproduced version of its original 1995 ...
Style: rough, atmospheric, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyberspace, female spy, androids and robots, terrorism, hacker, future dystopia, uncover truth, mind game, undercover, technology gone awry, a.i. ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 15K
Renaissance (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: To find Ilona and unlock the secrets of her disappearance, Karas must plunge deep into the parallel worlds of corporate espionage, organized crime and genetic research - where the truth imprisons whoever finds it first and miracles can be bought but ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monopoly, investigation, police detective, disappearance, corporation, woman in danger, law enforcement, rescue, crimes, confined, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: future
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: bleak, stylized, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: little red riding hood, terrorism, danger, intrigue, society, beast, fairy, haunted by the past, rivalry, politics, political unrest, deadly ...
Place: japan, tokyo, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, exciting, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, angel, pilot, chaos, space travel, heroes, escapades, space and aliens, parents and children, teenage life, monster, rivalry ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Robot Carnival (1987)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An anthology of various tales told in various styles with robots being the one common element among them.
Style: stylized, futuristic, exciting, surreal, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, anthology, man versus machine, escapades, imaginary, a.i., killer robot, giant robot, robot as menace, piloted giant robot, character study, androids ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, suspenseful, exciting, surreal ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, hacker, androids and robots, policewoman, mind game, cyberspace, chase, technology gone awry, mind control, self discovery ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
16%
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government ...
Style: serious, rough, futuristic, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, urban, rebelliousness, rebellion, chaos, weapon system, government agency, political intrigue, heroes, political unrest, heroic mission, take over ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Afro Samurai avenged his father and found a life of peace. But the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past. The sparks of violence dropped along Afro’s bloody path now burn out of control – and ...
Style: surreal, suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: samurai, vengeance, martial arts, supernatural, adventure, mortal combat, imaginary, criminal's revenge, crimes, danger, violence, revenge ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture ...
Style: atmospheric, witty, surreal, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: chase, terrorism, anti heroes, danger, neo noir, good versus evil, bounty hunter, outer space, mars, martial arts, vengeance, terror ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 16K
The Congress (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Israel, Germany, Poland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: More than two decades after catapulting to stardom with The Princess Bride, Robin Wright decides to take her final job: preserving her likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent and the head of Miramount ...
Style: futuristic, surreal, mind bending, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor's life, lifestyle, child illness, one last job, escape from reality, moral dilemma, parallel world, cyberspace, future dystopia, life is a bitch, parents and children, aging ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Tenchi Muy?! In Love (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The demonic space criminal Kain has escaped from prison and destroyed the Galaxy Police headquarters. To ensure that the Jurai will not stop him, Kain travels back to 1970 to eliminate Tenchi's mother before he is even born. Now, Tenchi and the ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, rivalry, time travel, heroic mission, androids and robots, heroes, supernatural, unfulfilled love, escapades, vengeance, pirate, tragic love ...
Time: future, 1990s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: At the turn of the century, the Angels returned to Earth, seeking to wipe out humanity in an apocalyptic fury. Devastated, mankind's last remnants moved underground to wait for the day when the Angels would come back to finish the job. Fifteen ...
Style: psychological, serious, exciting, bleak, twist ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suffering, mecha, alien encounter, future dystopia, depression, self doubt, young heroes, save the world, super weapon, insanity, chaos, loss ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 20K
Immortal (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Italy, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: New York City in the year 2095 where genetically altered humans live side by side with unaltered men and women.
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, dark ...
Plot: memory loss, future dystopia, tombs and skeletons, society, life is a bitch, cyberpunk, dark fantasy, election, senator, museum, possessed human, skeleton ...
Time: future
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Patema Inverted (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In an underground world where tunnels extend everywhere, even though they live in dark and confined spaces, people wear protective clothes and lead quiet and enjoyable lives. Patema, a princess in her underground village, loves to explore the ...
Style: captivating, semi serious, sentimental, colourful, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: steampunk, escapades, love and romance, imaginary kingdom, friendship, post apocalypse, runaway, fighting the system, culture clash, jumping, school, adventure ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Armitage III: Dual Matrix (2002)
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Naomi Armitage and Ross Sylibus have changed their names and live with their daughter Yoko as a happy and normal family on Mars — until an android riot breaks out at an anti-matter plant on Earth.
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ghost, androids and robots, mars, violence, robot, good versus evil, adventure, future dystopia, apocalypse, terrorism, haunted by the past, a.i. ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.7
 182K
Coraline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, ...
Style: surreal, gothic, bleak, stylized, scary ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, horror for children
Plot: parallel world, adventure, dark fantasy, danger, parents and children, family, young heroes, save the day, loneliness, imagination, secret place, neighbor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 6K
Greedy Guts (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, UK, Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the ...
Style: psychological, surreal, suspenseful, atmospheric, humorous ...
Plot: baby, parents and children, couple relations, childless couple, surrealism, secret, monster, killer child, absurdism, body horror, tree, obsession ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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