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Mind Game – Cult Japanese Animation!
March 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Get ready for “Ready Player One” with this exhilarating animated cult classic, an explosion of gloriously colorful mages from director Masaaki Yuasa (“Devilman Crybaby”), who is known for his wild free-form style. Loser Nishi – shot in the butt by a soccer-playing psychopath – returns to Earth from the afterlife a changed man, driven to live each moment to the fullest. Playing in Yuasa’s birthday week! In Japanese with English subtitles.
2004, GKIDS, 103 min, Japan, Dir: Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto
The film is an explosion of gloriously colorful mages ricocheting 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.