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Mind Game (2004)

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After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.


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Cast overview:
Kôji Imada ...
Nishi (voice)
Sayaka Maeda ...
Myon (voice)
Takashi Fujii ...
Jiisan (voice)
Seiko Takuma ...
Yan (voice)
Tomomitsu Yamaguchi ...
Ryou (voice)
Toshio Sakata ...
Father of Myon and Yan (voice)
Jôji Shimaki ...
Yakuza boss (voice)
Rintarou Nishi ...
Yakuza (voice)
Kenichi Chujou ...
Atsu (voice)


The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood girlfriend. 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. Nishi (and some friends) attempt to break out of their trap, and discover what it truly means to be alive along the way. This is a mind-bending trip that uses some of the most innovative animation ever created. Written by animenewsnetwork.com

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heaven | sex | love | violence | yakuza | See All (41) »


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Release Date:

26 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maindo gêmu  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,609, 18 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,640, 15 March 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the directorial debut of Masaaki Yuasa. See more »


Nishi: This roller-coaster you're trying to stop is a genuine Angel Express. And I can see you moved to tears as you watch that mystic angel spread its wings and disappear into the sky. OK?
Yakuza boss: The fuck?
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A very interesting experience
28 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I think 'Mind Game' is one of those movies that you either really like or really hate, but never in the middle. I spent first 20 minutes itching to turn it off since the animation style didn't seem all that pleasant, but then things just kept happening and before I knew it I was really immersed in it.

'Mind Game' has everything: irony, action, humour , even romance; and it touches practically every aspect of human life, going from relationships to domestic problems. All that covered in psychedelic imagery leaves a great impression.

You might experience various emotions watching this movie but one thing for sure, you won't feel like you've wasted your time when it's over.

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