Mainichi Film Awards 2005 - Ofuji Noburo Award
Japan Media Arts Festival 2004 - Animation Division Grand Prize
Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii
A sordid yakuza crime scene is the catalyst for wild and delirious adventure as aspiring manga artist Nishi faces God, flees the clutches of the crooks, and finds existential truths in the belly of a whale. A psychedelic milkshake of twisted mysticism and streetwise thrills, the 2004 Studio 4ºC production MIND GAME marked the directorial debut of maverick Japanese animator Masaaki Yuasa (THE TATAMI GALAXY, DEVILMAN CRYBABY). Possibly the most laureled film in Fantasia’s history, MIND GAME walked away with the honours for Best Film, Best Script, and Best Director, as well as a Special Award for Visual Accomplishment and two Audience Awards, the Gold Prize for Best Animation Film and Silver Prize for Most Groundbreaking Film. That should be a tall enough pile of prizes to prove the when MIND GAME plays, everyone’s a winner.
The 4K restoration of the masterwork from the late anime visionary Satoshi Kon, strikingly beautiful, formally inventive, and emotionally rich.
A quest to save unicorns, griffins and phoenixes in Dash Shaw’s fantastical new animated feature.
Decades in the making, the personal masterwork of stop-motion titan Phil Tippett is a Dantean descent into darkness.