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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 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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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: Fear takes the shape we're willing to give it.
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Touching the limits of imagination
8 May 2005 | by soulcharmerSee all my reviews

I saw this piece on local Animefest and I tell you what. I honestly thought my head will blow. Such seemingly never-ending torrent of originality and imagination is truly unprecedented. There are numerous animation techniques mixed together, loads of standard anime exaggeration (no manga though), psychedelic trips, serious issues and silly sarcastic humor. There's no way an intelligent non-shallow adult would not like this masterpiece. Consider yourself as unprepared for what you will see but be ready to be surprised when you do and mentally exhausted once you did.

By the way, describing the plot of Mind Game would be utterly stupid. It's a mind game alright, you will get the message one way or another.

Straight 10/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 June 2005 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,609, 18 February 2018

Gross USA:

$36,613

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,613
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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