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Mind Game(マインド・ゲーム )

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Japan · 2004
1h 43m
Director Masaaki Yuasa
Starring Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii, Seiko Takuma
Genre Adventure, Animation, Mystery

The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood sweetheart. After an encounter with the Japanese mafia, the film follows Nishi as he journeys to heaven and back, and ends up trapped in an even more unlikely place. A mind-blowing experiment that combines anime aesthetics with Western animation styles.

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All scrunched together into a dense marathon of optical-cranial overload, this mental puzzle-box arrives three decades too late for what would have been an inevitable midnight movie run, but undoubtedly there are American otakus popping this one into multi-region DVD players right now amid the glorbeling of bong hits.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

The exhilarating Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy Mind Game plays out like a hallucinogen-fueled shaggy-dog joke that only ends after twenty-year-old horndog Nishi (Kôji Imada) discovers that the world does not revolve around him.

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