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Real (2013)

Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (original title)
A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover.

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Takeru Satô ...
Kôichi Fujita
Haruka Ayase ...
Atsumi
Joe Odagiri ...
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Shôta Sometani ...
Atsumi's assistant
Keisuke Horibe
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Atsumi's Father
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Kôichi's Mother
Kenta Hamano
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Megumi Amane
Ayami Ishizawa
Miki Kamioka
Yui Kaneko
Yûki Kuda
Takahiro Mizuma
Ayumu Motoyama
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A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover.

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A Real Disappointment
21 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a big, big fan of Kiyoshi Kurosawa. He is currently the only director to have earned three 10/10 ratings from me. I loved "Cure" (1997), "Pulse" (2001), and "Charisma" (1999). His recent transition away from horror has also been quite successful, with quality works such as "Tokyo Sonata" (2008) and "Penance" (2012).

The premise of "Real" (2013) is outstanding. New technology allows a man to venture into the mind of his comatose wife. This stuff is right in Kiyoshi's wheelhouse. This director has a knack for taking an overarching philosophical or psychological theme and exploring it in interesting ways. However, I had trepidations after viewing the trailer, which seemed a bit cheesy and hokey.

It turns out that I was right to be worried. This film is dramatically limp, with a very messy and unfocused script that makes it very difficult to have a vested interest in the characters. I literally could not have cared less about the ending to this film. The dialogue is seemingly worthless. At its best it acts merely as dull exposition and at its worst it's just boring. Performances are fine, but the star-studded cast is wasted on this uninspired screenplay. Kiyoshi does contribute some very nice framing of camera shots, which helps to alleviate some of the suffering. I hope he rebounds for his next feature.


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