Robin Nishi is a 20-year-old loser with little going for him besides his dream of becoming a manga artist.
One day, he runs into his childhood crush Myon and begins to reminisce about what could have been, but his sad life is cut tragically short when he is shot and killed by a yakuza loan shark.
Instead of moving to the great beyond, Nishi’s death gives him a fresh perspective and a new lease on life.
What ensues is a psychedelic comedy road trip that takes Nishi and Myon inside the belly of a gigantic whale, with uncanny sequences and montages offering insight into the background of the various characters.
Mind Game is the directorial debut of Masaaki Yuasa, introducing his surreal, unconventional style and distinct colour palettes to viewers around the world. His artistry shines in his presentation of complex themes through unique visuals, which set the stage for his future feature films.
Winner, Best Film – Masaaki Yuasa
Winner, Best Director – Masaaki Yuasa (ex aequo with Gen Sekiguchi for Survive Style 5+)
Winner, Best Script – Masaaki Yuasa
Winner, Special Award for Visual Accomplishment
Image © 2004 MIND GAME Project
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A Japanese Film Festival event presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney and the NFSA