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  • Summary: A wildly psychedelic ride through Osaka's backstreets, the afterlife, and a whale's belly. Incorporating photo frames of the actual voice-actors’ faces, the film reflects the rough aesthetic of the young production house Studio 4c, as well as an emerging anime trend toward DJ-style visual sampling. (Museum of Modern Art) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Put simply, Mind Game is a mind-blowing experience.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    70
    Brain-teasing, wildly unpredictable animated feature.
  3. A sometimes enthralling, sometimes exhausting tour de force.
  4. 60
    A virtuoso experiment in animation that combines traditional anime aesthetics style with a variety of Western animation styles.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    60
    All scrunched together into a dense marathon of optical-cranial overload, this mental puzzle-box arrives three decades too late for what would have been an inevitable midnight movie run, but undoubtedly there are American otakus popping this one into multi-region DVD players right now amid the glorbeling of bong hits.
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  1. StephenB.
    Jun 19, 2006
    8
    Its hard to believe this movie was ever made, could ever be made - so dense, it seems like a condensation of several seasons of some anime TV series - all chopped together, stirred (in your head) and spilled out in glorious chaos. Once the trip is over, you are left realising that life - as ugly and crazy as it seems - is worth the living. Expand

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