Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Cinematheque (5/3 - 5/4)
New York, NY - Village East (5/19 - 5/21)
Fairfax, VA - Angelika Mosaic (5/19 - 5/21)
Washington, DC - Angelika Pop Up (5/19 - 5/21)
San Diego, CA - Angelika Carmel Mountain (5/19 - 5/21)
Dallas, TX - Angelika Dallas (5/19 - 5/21)
Austin, TX - Austin Film Society (5/31 - 6/2)
Vancouver, BC - The Cinematheque (6/29 - 7/2)
Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult classic Mind Game is an explosion of unconstrained expression – gloriously colorful mages ricochet in rapid fire associations, like Masaaki Yuasa’s brain splattered onto the screen in all its goopy glory. Audiences will begin to grasp what they are in for early on as loser Nishi, too wimpy to try to save his childhood sweetheart from gangsters, is shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath, projecting Nishi into the afterlife. In this limbo, God – shown as a series of rapidly changing characters – tells him to walk toward the light. But Nishi runs like hell in the other direction and returns to Earth a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest.
This film is recommended for adult audiences, ages 17+.
"FRESH AND STRANGE. A TOUR-DE-FORCE!"
- The New York Times
"ONE OF THE BEST ANIMATED MOVIES EVER MADE!
A searingly intense mash-up of styles, genres and narrative techniques."
- Time Out New York
"A cousin to the grown-up cartoon head trips of the 60's and 70's like Yellow Submarine or Fritz the Cat."
- Village Voice