Review of Mind Game (2004)

Moving picture, 103 minutes

A fairly normal guy gets into a situation where he eventually chooses to fight a yakuza psycho, in order to defend the girl whose love he lost through inaction a long time ago. Unfortunately, he doesn’t stand a chance, and Yahweh’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Nonetheless, death brings out the reckless best in our protagonist. So much of it, in fact, that it takes a nutty old Jonah to hide everyone until the time comes to return to the world.

Arthouse absurdity. Biblical allusions in progressive Japanese animation, yet again, this time to “Jonah” (ca. 400–200 BCE). Cf. Mobile Police Patlabor: The Movie (1989).

moving picture Japanese production animation fiction