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MIND GAME

MIND GAME

MIND GAME

2005 / 103min / DCP

DIRECTOR: MASAAKI YUASA

CAST: KôJI IMADA, SAYAKA MAEDA, TAKASHI FUJII

A cult phenomenon in Japan, Masaaki Yuasa’s shoot-the-works avant-garde head- trip anime, which tries, masters, and disposes of just about every animation style you can think of in the course of its runtime, is a psychedelic secret that’s ripe for discovery. Yuasa’s philosophical and earthy debut follows Nishi, a young Osakan man whose dreams of being a comic artist are seemingly dashed forever when a yakuza thug blasts a bullet up his ass—but then things really start to get weird. The pure product of an unchained—some would say unhinged—imagination matched to a dynamo talent, and a brain-blitzing experience that can scarcely be described.

A GKIDS release.