GKIDS Brings Mind Game in US Theaters

Mind Game

Masaaki Yuasa is one of the most talented and exciting animation movie directors anywhere in the world. His style effortlessly blends Japanese pop culture, manga and anime with the surreal Western cartoon style of Tex Avery or John Kricfalusi, then hurled into a blender with Andy Warhol pop art and Frederico Fellini surrealism. As far as I'm concerned, he's the best "unknown" filmmaker in the world.

His 2004 feature film Mind Game has endured as a cult classic, but its unique quirkiness has kept it out of the mainstream, and it remains somewhat obscure even among the anime diehards. Now GKIDS has finally brought this great movie to our shores, with a limited US theatrical run to be followed by a Blu-Ray/DVD release. Most likely, the movie has already come and gone from your city, so we'll have to wait for its arrival on home video. Start saving your pennies today.

Kudos to GKIDS, as always, for their dedication to global animated movies that continue to push the boundaries of the medium and preserve the classic tradition of hand-drawn art.

Here is the US trailer, which is more or less identical to the 2004 Japanese version. Enjoy:

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