MIND GAME REVIEWED
“Mind Game” works in pencils, rotoscoping and water colors. That sounds amazing on a visual perspective, but what about the story? Well, it’s about a guy defending his childhood life from gangsters. The gangsters shoot the guy in the ass and he dies. In the afterlife, he has to take advantage of God to project himself back to Earth. Will this second chance at life make our hero into a new man? The answer is I still have no idea what happened.
I’m loving the freakier releases from GKids, but I feel like I need my hand held on some of these outings. Oh well, it’s worth checking out.
- Director’s Commentary
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 8/28/18
The Plot Thus Far
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 images 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.