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111 Ratings

Real

リアル 完全なる首長竜の日 | Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Japan, 2013
Drama, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

A year ago Atsumi attempted suicide and has been in a coma ever since. With the assistance of «sensing», a new neuro-surgical treatment that enables communication with coma patients, her friend Koichi tries to find out why she did it and to wake her up.

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Real Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
[The plesiosaurus is] emblematic of how spectacularly the film falls apart. No amount of intellectual justification can change the fact that a plesiosaurus (they emphasize that it’s a plesiosaurus several times in the film; Plesiosaurus!) attacks two people at the end of this film. And it’s every bit as off-putting as that sounds.
October 12, 2013
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa displayed an impressive gift for unreal dread in Cure (1997), a superb serial-killer thriller, and Pulse (2001), his millennial masterpiece. That penchant is nowhere in evidence in this embarrassing psychodrama, set in a near future when people can communicate with coma victims via schlocky medical technology.
October 11, 2013
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There’s an unhinged rage that Kurosawa is able to convey through the wildness of the plot and his quietly unnerving exploration of Atsumi’s interior landscape. And there’s potent sadness to his portrayal of the life of an artist, one where digital existence and fantasy become more alluring and manageable than reality. The reconciliation and settling of Koichi and Atsumi’s shared grief, however, is at once unique and terribly pointless…
October 09, 2013
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