Mind Game


This animated film is intended for adult audiences.

Buckle up and prepare for an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride in this trippy animated adventure from Masaaki Yuasa (Kick-Heart) and Kôji Morimoto (animator on Akira and Kiki’s Delivery Service).

“One of the best animated films ever made! A searingly intense mash-up of styles, genres and narrative techniques.” – Time Out New York

The 2004 cult classic Mind Game, only now receiving a bona-fide theatrical release in America, is a freaky explosion of unrestrained expression – gloriously colorful, grotesque and beautiful images ricochet in rapid fire associations, like a feverishly altered brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Things get off to a rousing start when loser Nishi, too wimpy to try and save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light.  But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest. (Dir. by Masaaki Yuasa & Koji Morimoto, 2004, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 103 mins., Not Rated / Recommended for adult audiences)