Mind Game

マインド・ゲーム (Maindo Gēmu)
Japan 2004. Dir: Masaaki Yuasa. 103 min. DCP

“A tour de force ... For anime aficionados, the film is a vision of paradise.” A.O. SCOTT, NEW YORK TIMES

NEW RE-RELEASE! One of the most innovative, adrenaline-spiking animated films ever made, Masaaki Yuasa’s cult phenomenon, long unavailable in North America, is a dose of pure, uncut anime extremism! When Nishi, a wimpy 20-year-old manga artist, is murdered after doing nil to stop a footie-obsessed yakuza goon from roughing up his childhood sweetheart — he takes a bullet up the arse and out the noggin, to be exact — the cowardly hero is granted a death-reversing do-over by God. Now, returned to the cheek-clenching moment before his brain-blowing demise, Nishi has a second chance to make things right. Yuasa, adapting an underground manga by Robin Nishi, shuffles a myriad of eye-popping animation styles into every breakneck scene. The story, giddy and strange, feels like it’s mainlined from the imagination of a hyperactive, very hormonal teen. Is it excessive? Probably. Juvenile? Maybe. An aesthetic contact high like no other? Abso-friggin-lutely.

Please note: Mind Game is intended for mature audiences.


VIOLENCE; NUDITY; COARSE LANGUAGE; SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE SCENES
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REVIEWS

“A searingly intense mash-up of styles, genres, and narrative techniques ... This is bold, almost reckless filmmaking.”

Time Out | full review

“One of the most fantastically experimental anime features seen stateside. It’s a Superflat cousin to the grown-up cartoon head trips of the ’60s and ’70s like Yellow Submarine, Fritz the Cat, or Fantastic Planet.”

Village Voice | full review

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The first 50 people to purchase tickets online will receive an eye-popping 18" x 26" Mind Game poster!