MIND GAME to premiere at the NY Asian Film Festival

Jun 10th 2005
MIND GAME, a STUDIO 4°C film, will have its INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
at this year's NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

MIND GAME Showtimes:
June 24 at 6:30pm
June 26 at 1:30pm
Venue: the ImaginAsian (239 E. 59th St., at 2nd Avenue)
Eiko Tanaka, STUDIO 4°C's co-founder and the producer of
MIND GAME, is scheduled to attend the June 24 screening.
http://www.subwaycinema.com/frames/nyaff05-mindgame.htm

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" [MIND GAME] is by turns silly, frantic and aggressively strange,
but it's also funny, sexy and energizing in a primal way that sweeps
critical quibbles aside... I left the theater with an 'I can't believe
I saw that' grin... My mind was blown."
- Mark Schilling, the Japan Times

MIND GAME couldn't be more different from the slick giant robots,
mega-sized guns, and short-skirted schoolgirls that have come to
be associated with Japanese anime in the minds of Westerners. A
stream-of-consciousness, surreal succession of sight gags, shifting
art styles, and animation so alive it looks like it's being drawn
right before your eyes, MIND GAME is all about life, and how to live
it.

Nishi is a young loser who bumps into Miyo, his enormously-endowed
ex-girlfriend. She's about to get married, and invites him to come to
her yakitori restaurant to see her dad and sister and talk about old
times. But her dad owes the yakuza money and when they bust into the
place they manage to kill Nishi. Nishi then goes to heaven, argues with
God, escapes, goes back in time, rescues Miyo and her sister, runs
away in a car and gets swallowed by a whale. These are not normal
people. But rather than playing fast and loose with its story, while
you're watching this movie every one of these twists makes perfect
sense.
And the story isn't the point, really. The point is the characters, and
MIND GAME contains all their hopes and dreams; these characters are so
real they seem 4-D, not 3-D.

Fast and funny, smutty and sexy, bizarre and hypnotic, this flick from
first-time director Yuasa Masaaki only has one "boring" thing about
it: music by Seiichi Yamamoto of the Japanese noise band, The Boredoms.
It's a movie that exists to remind us that life is a miracle.

And so is MIND GAME.

--- About STUDIO 4°C

STUDIO 4°C is Japan 's leading animation studio led by producer Eiko
Tanaka who worked as a line producer on Hayao Miyazaki's MY NEIGHBOR
TOTORO and KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE. Renowned for their challenging,
cutting-edge productions with quality, past titles include music
video clips for Ken Ishii's EXTRA, Glay's SURVIVAL, short films such
as NOISEMAN SOUND INSECT, EIKYU KAZOKU, DIGITAL JUICE and PIROPPO,
and numerous commercials, promotional materials and game contents.
STUDIO 4°C has also produced feature films which titles include;
MEMORIES ('95), SPRIGGAN ('98) and PRINCESS ARETE ('01). In 2003,
the studio produced THE MATRIX animation project, THE ANIMATRIX, of
which 5 segments were created in-house. Having successfully showcased
the quality of Japanese animation and its creators to the world,
the studio went on to create the award-winning MIND GAME ('04),
a highly ambitious and innovative feature film which was released in
the summer of 2004.

Taken from the fact that water is at its densest at that temperature,
4°C represents STUDIO 4°C's creative manifesto to "always create works
that are dense with substance and quality."

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NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2005
America's leading festival of popular Asian cinema
and "the city's favorite volcanic pulp-film festival."
June 17 - July 2 at the Anthology Film Archives and the ImaginAsian
http://www.subwaycinema.com/frames/nyaff05films.htm

NYAFF brings the most dynamic, highest-grossing, and award-winning
movies from China, Hong Kong, the Philippines,
Korea, Japan, Thailand and India, to the New York audience.
There are 31 films on tap, including 2 International Premieres,
9 North American Premieres, 4 US Premieres and 16 New York Premieres.

Presented by Subway Cinema (www.subwaycinema.com)
in association with the ImaginAsian TV (www.iatv.tv)

Sponsored by: Tiger Beer, Choya, Manhattan Borough President's Office,
Korean Cultural Service New York, TV Japan, Giant Robot, KoreAm
Journal,
J!-ENT/NT 2099, Nemesis Records, Kyonsi Online.
Guest accomodations provided by: the Kitano New York

Advance tickets are available at www.subwaycinema.com
or by calling Smarttix at 212-868-4444.

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