MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 7,792 this week

Mind Game (I) (2004)

8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 4,733 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 18 user | 32 critic | 5 from Metacritic.com

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(comic), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 24 Jun 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 10 Dec 2011
 
a list of 24 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mind Game" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mind Game (2004)

Mind Game (2004) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mind Game.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kick-Heart (2013)
Animation | Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Stars: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Takako Honda, Wataru Takagi
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White - two street kids who claim to traverse the urban city as if it were their ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Arias
Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

While camping seven friends stumble upon the murdered bodies of a vacationing couple and soon find they are fighting for their lives against a sadistic killer.

Directors: Joseph Guerrieri, Justin Guerrieri
Stars: Robert Picardo, Tim Barraco, Trevor Torseth
Mindgame (Video 1998)
Short | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Three alien beings - a Sontaran officer, a Draconian nobleman and a Human mercenary - find themselves transported to a remote asteroid by a mysterious alien who wants to test their ... See full summary »

Director: Keith Barnfather
Stars: Bryan Robson, Sophie Aldred, Toby Aspin
Cat Soup (2001)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young anthropomorphic cat goes on a psychedelic journey with his sister in order to save her soul.

Director: Tatsuo Satô
Dead Leaves (2004)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves.

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Takako Honda, Yûko Mizutani
Mind Games (2003)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Jill Reeves suffers from retrograde amnesia, forgetting the last seven months of her life. When the mysterious Carter Tallerin tells her they're married, Jill's world unravels. Everyone in Jill's life has a secret, including herself.

Director: Adrian Carr
Stars: Kari Keegan, James Wilder, Richard Norton
Mindgame (2003)
Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young P.S.I. (Psychic Surveilance Initiative) agent is ordered to hunt down her mentor, a powerful psychic gone rogue. All the while, she is working with the shady alliance of Section Ten... See full summary »

Directors: Shawn Martinbrough, Milo Stone
Stars: Tarina Pouncy, Joe Tom Collins, Jim Coope
Genius Party (2007)
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Several directors take part in an anthology dedicated to short anime films.

Directors: Nicolas de Crécy, Atsuko Fukushima, and 12 more credits »
Stars: Tomoko Kaneda, Rinko Kikuchi, Lu Ningjuan
Kemonozume (TV Series 2006)
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Stars: Ken Uo, Katsuhiro Harasawa, Hiroyuki Oshida
Kaiba (TV Series 2008)
Animation | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In a futuristic dystopian world where memories are literally stored, bought and sold and rich have all the privileges, a young amnesiac is trying to find out who he is.

Stars: Houko Kuwashima, Mamiko Noto, Romi Pak
The Tatami Galaxy (TV Series 2010)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.

Stars: Shintaro Asanuma, Keiji Fujiwara, Yuki Kaida
Edit

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)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 August 2004 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Игра разума  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Nishi: Fear takes the shape we're willing to give it.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Story that never ends
14 May 2005 | by (Oriental State of Mind) – See all my reviews

And I thought the avant-garde style of animation and story telling was going to take its routinely long hiatus with the marvelous Triplets of Belleville, but I was fortunately wrong.

After reading countless reviews, certain people proclaimed their dislike for this film with little to no elaboration given, which somewhat intrigued me and pushed me further toward wanting to experience Mind Game. As an avid follower of experimental cinema and anime I rarely get rewarded with solidly evolving features, but once in a while I strike gold and get to travel through the medium of rich expressionism dealing with both real life and fictional events in the utmost fascinating fashion. Mind Game is the recent treasure and a great example of such artistry, fusing stories of love, self worth and other qualities of life, without forcing conclusions or values, but merely giving you a chance to reflect on your life or simply enjoy that of the characters.

The main conflict of this film deals with a young man named Nishi, who lacks courage to do what he really wants in life. After a rather fatal turn of events he gets a second chance at life and love. So he embarks on a journey to face things he otherwise wouldn't, but his personal rediscovery takes place in the weirdest of places.

Aside from feeling a genuinely exalting rush with its almost mosaic imagery and perfectly fitting music, I felt something else while viewing Mind Game and I attained a certain notion afterwards, which I don't see worth sharing, since I believe everyone who'll give this a watch will acquire on their own terms, levels and depth.


40 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Boring and weak animation pcstone
Why Why WHY Odwen
Mind Game and Brazil HaruhiPwnzLife
avaliable dvds RayPenpillage
The best thing out of Japan since Princess Mononoke rygoody
THIS FILM IS AMAZING priscillaangel
Discuss Mind Game (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?