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

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)
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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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The movie's main character Nishi is based on Robin Nishi, the man who wrote the underground cult comic on which Mind Game was based. Some elements of the story are said to be autobiographical. See more »

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Nishi: Fear takes the shape we're willing to give it.
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If ever there was a GEM...
24 January 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I am frankly appalled to see a total of 5 comments for a movie which, and I believe most people will agree, is deserving of much, much more attention and inspection. This film is like a light at the end of a long, boring tunnel that is the general doldrum of cookie cutter animated films released year round.

At once unique, inspired, beautiful, hilarious, weird, touching, unforgettable, innovative among other words that won't do it justice: Mind Game is the definition of a GEM.

The only other movie that I can think of in the same "category" is Waking Life, another animated excursion worthy of your time and attention. But even if you hated Waking Life, Mind Game is so different you might love it. Mind Game sort of takes Waking Life's "all over the place" style (cartoony one moment, then rotoscoped the next) then adds a story and characters and a LOT of humor.

Seriously, you owe it to yourself to seek this one out. My new agenda will be to show this to as many people as I possibly can. Help spread the word: Mind Game is cool.


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