Initially daily but now sporadic blog about anime and world animation with a specific focus on the artists behind the work. Written by Ben Ettinger.
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Friday, June 3, 2005

01:27:06 pm , 239 words, 2017 views     Categories: Mind Game

Mind game at midnight

There's been a resurgence of Mind Game news here all of a sudden after a long quiet spell. The weekly all-nighter at the Shin Bungeiza art house theater in Ikebukuro will be wending its way on into the wee hours again this Saturday night with a selection of films from three "Hot anime creators", namely Masaaki Yuasa, Satoshi Kon and Makoto Shinkai. The night will kick off at 10:45 with a talk show between Masaaki Yuasa and Satoshi Kon, followed at 11:25 by Sound Insect Noiseman (a rare chance to see this gem on the big screen), Mind Game at 11:40, Shinkai Makoto's two latest films at 1:35, and finally Tokyo Godfathers topping the evening off at 4AM.

The talk show will be Satoshi Kon's first for Mind Game, although the director could be heard publicly praising Mind Game as early as last November in this interview. Masaaki Yuasa was really petered out after making an uncharacteristically large number of public appearances and doing numerous interviews to try to get the word out about the film last year, so it's moving to see that he still goes out of his way to put in an appearance even for a one-off screening like this. Needless to say, this is one of the most tantalizing taidan (talks) I've heard about in a long while. It's good to see that the film continues to find small venues here and there eager to give it a spin.