Review of “Open Your Mind” (2005)
Oshii Mamoru (director).
Review applies to the DVD version of the film, without translation of the accompanying utai.
Apparently a myth of creation in three acts, infusing real and unreal nature with solemn mystery.
Mixed-media installation. Fantasy without traditional or dramatic plot, vaguely like Naqoyqatsi (2002) etc. Contemplative transcendentalism. Kawai’s music is as important as the visuals, which are frequently uninformative. I suggest getting the lyrics first. The original title is Mezame no Hakobune, literally “The Ark of Awakening”, in the sense of an ark like the Abrahamic Noah’s.