Mind Game

Synopsis: The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood girlfriend. After an encounter with the Japanese mafia, the film follows Nishi as he journeys to heaven and back, and ends up trapped in an even more unlikely place. Nishi (and some friends) attempt to break out of their trap, and discover what it truly means to be alive along the way. This is a mind-bending trip that uses some of the most innovative animation ever created.
Production: Asmik Ace Entertainment
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103 min

That's her!



Very impressive!

"Send message"


"Delivery failure"

"One Way/Osaka-Tokyo"

You live around here?!

Right under your nose, huh?

Um, wanna ride?


You wish!

You've got it all wrong!

Oh, sure.

I live with my sister, my dad lives with

a younger woman.

It's a joke.

Mom left one night when we bailed out.

Sorry I haven't kept in touch.

My life's kind of a mess, well, still is!

Don't worry!

Nice to see you're still the same... size.

Haven't they gotten bigger?

My breasts?

Huh, no, your feet! Let's find you a drugstore!

Better yet, a love hotel.


Don't move!



What're you doing?



Would you be sad

if I went out with someone else?

If I married him?


In junior high, I wrote her a note,

just "I like you a lot."

Next day, her turn, "me too."

Knocked me off my feet!

We were just 13,

never even held hands after school.

Being shy made things awkward right after...

...and we could only exchange letters, mails!

Two years later, during a school trip...

Would you be sad

if I went out with someone else?

"Hotel Tariff"

Made me think! I never had the guts

to make a move, always playing it safe.

Always waiting for someone

to help things develop!

Nishi, what do you want?

You don't fight, you don't get hurt,

you want me to do all the work.

But that's unfair. 'Cos I'm scared too!

We're not school kids anymore, y'know?



I still love you. Don't marry that guy!

I've loved you since I was 9!

You should marry me!!


I'm really happy!

But I love him too.

But I'm so happy now!

Myon, I'm not sure I get it,

but give me some time!

Give me a chance, please.

OK, Nishi! Give it your best shot!

You bet!


Nishi? Nishi!

Think I'm too young to marry?


So, you'll be off limits to future suitors!

Some are crying themselves to sleep right now.

Well I hope you'll be really happy.

Too bad... you don't like me

like you used to...

What are you talking about?

I love you forever!

You haven't changed.

You can be sure about that!

You want to eat yakitori?


My sister and I have our own place!


Gotta make a living!

We've given up on the loans.

I'm gonna run forever!


- Hi. Hey, Nishi!

- Hi!

Nishi! What a surprise! Come sit over here!


Long time no see!

Yang, today's special, and a beer.

Have a drink first!

What've you been up to?

Working on your Mangas?

Yes! Got a job on the side.

You're going to Tokyo, right? Tokyo's great!

Lots of good looking women trying to make it

in TV, modeling.

When I got married,

I often went there on business!

I'd get invited to hostess bars where there'd

be a bunch of girls like that.

And I'd pick one out and... yum yum!

Students promoting stuff on the streets,

game show assistants...

- Sir...

- They sure were hot!

- You cheated?

- I was having fun, but they'd fall for me!

I had quite a rep, five girls in Tokyo,

three in Osaka, those were the days...

- Don't listen to him!

- Sorry about this.

Meanwhile, these two popped out and...

- You don't sound too thrilled!

- Had to take care of them!

So that was it!

Y'know, if I'd gotten together with

that promo-girl...

I wouldn't be broke now.

Stop dreaming!

That's him.

Yep, dad hasn't changed at all!

His girlfriend's the same age as me!

Picked her up at a loanshark's office!

Riko? She's not quite on par with

the others though!

So you just forgot about her?

What a waste! Like keeping roses in the can!

- What?!

- Your wife! You didn't deserve her!

Why are you taking her side?

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Masaaki Yuasa

Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明, Yuasa Masaaki, born March 16, 1965) is a Japanese animator, storyboard artist, screenwriter, anime television and film director known for his wild, freeform style. In June 2014, he announced that he, along with his close affiliate Eunyoung Choi, had founded a new animation studio by the name of Science Saru. His most recent work as of January 2018 is the animated series Devilman Crybaby. more…

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