2004 | 104 mins | In Japanese with English subtitles | Director: YUASA Masaaki | Blu-ray
Grand Prize, Japan Media Arts Festival (Animation Division) 2004
Oufuji Noburou Award, Mainichi Film Awards 2004
Best Film, Fantasia International Film Festival 2005
Best Director, Fantasia International Film Festival 2005
Best Script, Fantasia International Film Festival 2005
Special Award – Visual Accomplishment, Fantasia International Film Festival 2005
Chill out and let Masaaki Yuasa take you wherever the hell he wants in his directorial debut Mind Game!
Nishi, a struggling manga artist, is reunited with Myon, the object of his unrequited love, and her sister Yan, both struggling to support their father’s yakitori pub. While getting reacquainted at the pub they are interrupted by Yakuza loan sharks searching for Myon’s and Yan’s father. A struggle ensues in which Nishi is killed, but he miraculously manages to cheat death and return from purgatory to outsmart the yakuza and flee the scene with Myon and Yan. A high-speed auto chase through the streets of Osaka ensues with Nishi at the wheel and several carloads of yakuza in pursuit, until Nishi’s car swerves off a bridge and is swallowed whole by an enormous whale.
In the belly of the whale, Nishi, Myon, and Yan, meet an old man, trapped inside the whale for thirty years. From there, with the old man as there guide the three re-examine their lives, and discover their ability to control their own destiny and realize true happiness.
The whale, sensing the end of its own life nearing, approaches the Osaka bay and gives Nishi, Myon, Yan, and the old man a last chance to escape and return to what they left behind…
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Japanese Film Selection 2022 – Just Anime!
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Supported by: Japan Autumn Festival in Hong Kong - Rediscovering Nippon