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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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Robin Nishi (comic), Masaaki Yuasa (screenplay)
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Cast

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

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maindo gêmu See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,609, 18 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,613, 5 April 2018
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is the directorial debut of Masaaki Yuasa. See more »

Quotes

Nishi: We've gotta leave. It's that or drown.
Yan: But how?
Nishi: The boat, of course!
Myon: The cops'll be looking for us.
Nishi: So?
Myon: The Yakuzas'll come after us!
Nishi: So what! I wanna get out! 'Cos there's so much out there! So many different people, living different lives! Incredibly good guys, bad guys... Folks completely different from us! It's one huge melting pot! See, it's not about success, dying in the streets, who's better, who's not! I just want to be a part of it! I realized that even if I've no connections, no ...
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A very interesting experience
28 January 2010 | by lyynnSee 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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