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Japan - 57 years old
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Rare treats

Mind Game

by Masaaki Yuasa
2004 / 103m - Japan
Comedy, Animation
Mind Game poster

Highly original and completely insane animation masterpiece. Mind Game was Yuasa's first film and foreshadowed his rising talent, though it took me a second viewing to fully appreciate this film. It's hard to describe just what exactly it is, but boring it is not. Not for everyone, but definitely worth finding out for yourself.

Genius Party

by Nicolas de Crécy, Atsuko Fukushima, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Tatsuyuki Tanaka, Shin'ichirô Watanabe, Hiro Yamagata, Masaaki Yuasa, Shin'ya Ôhira
2007 / 85m - Japan
Genius Party poster

The best thing about this anthology is that you really can't do justice to the visual beauty with simple screen caps.

The good stuff

Lu over the Wall

by Masaaki Yuasa
Yoake Tsugeru Ru no Uta
2017 / 107m - Japan
Drama, Fantasy, Animation
Lu over the Wall poster

Yuasa's ode to Hayao Miyazaki. The link to Ponyo and Totoro is obvious, even so this is still very much a Yuasa film. A weird blend of folklore, fantasy and psychedelic animation, not as extreme as some of his other films, but there is nobody out there doing what Yuasa is doing. Fans won't be disappointed.

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

by Masaaki Yuasa
Yoru Wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome
2017 / 93m - Japan
Comedy, Romance, Animation
The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl poster

After Welcome to the Space Show, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is somewhat of a return to form for Yuasa.

Solid pieces

Ride Your Wave

by Masaaki Yuasa
Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara
2019 / 94m - Japan
Romance, Fantasy, Animation
Ride Your Wave poster

Slightly fantastical romance that deals with grief. The film is beautifully animated and has its fair share of stand-out moments, but the art style is a little underwhelming and the soundtrack doesn't really help the film forward either. Not quite up to Yuasa's own standards, but even a lesser Yuasa is still worth checking out

Welcome to the Space Show

by Kôji Masunari, Masaaki Yuasa
Uchu Sho e Yokoso
2010 / 136m - Japan
Sci-fi, Adventure, Animation
Welcome to the Space Show poster