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Takeru Sato, Haruka Ayase To Star In Sci-Fi Romance From Kiyoshi Kurosawa

18 July 2012 7:34 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase are set to star in Rearu kanzennaru kubinagaryu no hi for filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Toyko Sonata). The title of the film translate to ’s sci-fi drama The Day of the Real, Perfect Plesiosaur. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Rokuro Inui [Variety].

Sato will play a neurosurgeon who enters the dreams of his lover (Ayase) – who’s in a coma – to discover why she tried to take her own life. Miki Nakatani, Jo Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige and Kyoko Koizumi also star.

It’s an intriguing no doubt, made more intriguing by Kurosawa’s involvement. The writer/director made a name for himself over the last 3 decades in Japan, producing everything from pink films in the 80s to the Internet-inspired horror film Pulse to heady, genre-mixing pieces like Toyko Sonata.

As Sonata snagged the Un Certain Regard at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, »

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'Tokyo Sonata' & 'Pulse' Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa Returns With Sci-Fi Drama 'The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur'

18 July 2012 4:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ask and you shall receive? Something like that anyway....It was just last month that we openly wondered about what was going on with Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who featured on our What Ever Happened To These 5 Foreign-Language Filmmakers? list, and lo and behold, he's back with a new feature. It has been four long years since "Tokyo Sonata," but going in front of cameras very soon is the fascinatingly titled "The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur" ("Rearu kanzennaru kubinagaryu no hi"). No, we don't know what that means either, but the movie itself -- based on the book by Rokuro Inoi -- boasts a typically intriguing premise, telling the story of a neurosurgeon who goes into the subconscious of his coma stricken lover to find out why she attempted suicide. The director's regulars Miki Nakatani, Jo Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige and Kyoko Koizumi will all feature with Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase taking the lead roles. »

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First teaser for "Himawari to Koinu no Nanokakan" starring Masato Sakai

22 June 2012 8:14 AM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

A teaser for Emiko Hiramatsu’s upcoming dog movie Himawari to Koinu no Nanokakan has been uploaded to Shochiku’s official channel on YouTube.

Based on a true story, the movie centers around a Shiba Inu dog which is raised by an elderly couple (Isao Natsuyagi and Reiko Kusamura) who abandon it. Possessing a strong survival instinct, the dog manages to stay alive for a week on her own while struggling to protect her three puppies.

Masato Sakai plays an animal welfare center worker and who is raising two children alone since his wife died. When he meets this dog, who risked her own life to protect her puppies, he becomes determined to protect her in kind. The other workers at the center are touched by her motherly instinct too, and name her “Himawari” (Sunflower).

It’s probably worth noting that animal shelters in Japan have an incredibly high euthanasia rate for abandoned dogs, »

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