Archive Cinema City 2010.

Mind Game

Mind Game

Genre: Animation
Country: Japan
Year: 2004.
Duration: 103 min.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Scenario: Robin Nishi, Masaaki Yuasa

Cast: Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii, Seiko Takuma, Tomomitsu Yamaguchi, Toshio Sakata, Joji Shimaki, Rintarou Nishi, Kenichi Chujou

Programme selection: Animatrix


The main hero is Nishi, a young „loser“ who dreams of becoming a manga artist. All his life he was in love with his „busty“ childhood friend, Myon, but his lack of confidence never allowed him to profess his love for her and, in time, they grew apart. Myon also has trouble realizing her ambitions. At high school she was a swimming champion but gave up on it because she felt uncomfortable about her large bosom. One day, after chance encounter at the subway, they visit her family’s restaurant, to catch up on old times. There, Nishi meets Myon’s father and her sister. He realizes that her whole family is having a Yakuza problem who are threatening the entire family because her father was indebted to them due to his gambling and other vices. In a sudden clash with Yakuza, Nishi is fatally wounded and dies a bizarre death. A story twist unexpectedly opens the dimension of the „afterlife“ – Nishi is on his way to meet God while animation changes with every second. However, God is late and as a consequence, Nishi chooses a wrong way out of Heaven, which brings him to a time prior to death...


Grand Prize, Japan Media Arts Festival, 2004, Ofuji Noburo Award, Mainichi Film Concours, 2005.