Earlier today, GKIDS announced that they will give Mind Game a theatrical run in North America. The film will open at the Landmark Nuart theater for a midnight screening on February 16. The feature will receive a series of one-night engagements at Landmark theaters across the country following the première.
The confirmed list of theaters includes:
- 2/16/2018: Royal Oak, MI – Landmark Main Art Theatre
- 2/16/2018: Minneapolis, MN – Landmark Uptown Theatre
- 2/16/2018: Gainesville, FL – The Hippodrome
- 2/16/2018: Dallas, TX – Landmark Inwood Theatre
- 2/16/2018: Houston, TX – Landmark River Oaks Theatre
- 2/16/2018: Denver, CO – Landmark Esquire Theatre
- 2/16/2018: Los Angeles, CA – Landmark Nuart Theatre
- 2/16/2018: San Francisco, CA – Landmark Clay Theatre
- 2/23/2018: Philadelphia, PA – Landmark Ritz at the Bourse
- 2/24/2018: San Diego, CA – Landmark Ken Cinema
- 2/25/2018: Littleton, CO – Alamo Drafthouse Littleton
- 3/1/2018: Oakland, CA – New Parkway
- 3/2/2018: New York, NY – Metrograph
- 3/2/2018: Santa Ana, CA – Frida Cinema
- 3/7/2018: Katy, TX – Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
- 3/9/2018: Washington, DC – Landmark E Street Cinema
- 3/15/2018: Los Angeles, CA – The Egyptian
- 3/17/2018: Coral Gables, FL – Coral Gables Art Cinema
- 3/17/2018: Omaha, NE – Alamo Drafthouse Omaha
Mind Game is a 2004 film based on Robin Nishi’s manga of the same name. The film, which was directed by Ping Pong director Masaaki Yuasa, is known for its unique visual style, which mixes several disparate animation styles. The feature won numerous awards, including 2005’s Mainichi Film Award and the Animation Division Grand Prize at 2004’s Japan Arts Media Festival. Numerous directors, including the late Satoshi Kon, praised the film.
GKIDS describes the feature as:
Buckle in and prepare to surrender yourself to an exhilarating and wildly entertaining ride. Cult classic Mind Game is an explosion of unconstrained expression – gloriously colorful mages ricochet 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.
This film is recommended for adult audiences, ages 17+.
Source: GKIDS (Press Release)