As part of the French-Japanese Animated Film Festival (FJAFF):

Mind Game (マインド・ゲーム), a 2004 Japanese animated feature film, produced and primarily animated by Studio 4°C and adapted and directed by Masaaki Yuasa.

This award-winning film is a journey of self-discovery based on Japan’s cult underground comic “Mind Game” by Robin Nishi. The story follows Nishi himself through the life experiences that directly inspired the semi-autobiographical “Mind Game” comic. As a college-age loser addicted to porn and aspiring to write seedy adult comics, Nishi aspires to overcome his addiction to perversion in a tale that is lighthearted yet painful and touching.What starts off as an innocent meeting between old friends quickly turns into a psychedelic extravaganza, filled with violence, sex, love, redemption, and the infinite possibilities of the human mind.

Director Masaaki Yuasa rejoices in experimental animation techniques, filling the screen with virtuoso wackiness, mixing in rough lines and storyboards, then inserting photographic touches. As the director commented in a Japan Times interview,

“Instead of telling it serious and straight, I went for a look that was a bit wild and patchy. I think that Japanese animation fans today don’t necessarily demand something that’s so polished. You can throw different styles at them and they can still usually enjoy it.”

The film received a cult audience and was well received, winning multiple awards worldwide, and has been praised by directors Satoshi Kon and Bill Plympton.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Be careful, this movie is only for an adult audience (over 18 years old).

Date: Friday 30 October 2015

Time: 7pm

Venue: Institut Français du Nigeria

The entrance is free

Watch the trailer

© 2004 MIND GAME Project