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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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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

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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

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2.35 : 1
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On April Fools' 4/1/2018, Toonami on Adult Swim surprised everyone by airing this film in its original Japanese language with English subtitles. See more »

Quotes

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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If ever there was a GEM...
24 January 2006 | by juubei-2See 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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