Real

  • 127'
  • Japan
  • 2013
Plato’s cave is a favourite theme in film, the medium that allows a lifelike appearance of reality to flicker on the wall. Comparable to The Matrix and Inception, in Real parallel universes, dream and reality fuse into an inescapable tangle.
In this psychological horror film, neurosurgeon Koichi uses an experimental telepathic technique to enter the brain of his beloved Atsumi, who is in a coma. It is soon no longer clear what is real and what is not.
The reason for submerging in the unconscious is Atsumi’s attempted suicide. A children’s drawing turns out to be the key to a suppressed trauma. But in his quest for the missing piece of the puzzle, Koichi drifts steadily further into the sweltering marshes of the spirit. His everyday life is infiltrated by ‘philosophical zombies’, the city changes into a maze worthy of Escher. Psychonaut Koichi slowly bubbles towards a visually spectacular and comforting denouement. Kurosawa's latest thriller, Seventh Code, is also being screened at IFFR.



Director
Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
127'
Medium
DCP
Language
Japanese
Producers
Takashi Hirano, Shimoda Atsuyoki
Production Companies
TBS Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc., Twins Japan Inc.
Sales
TBS Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc.
Screenplay
Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Tanaka Sachiko, based on a novel by Inui Rokurou
Cinematography
Ashizawa Akiko
Editor
Sato Takashi
Production Design
Shimizu Takeshi
Sound Design
Watanabe Shinji
Music
Haneoka Kei
Cast
Joe Odagiri, Satô Takeru