Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (Real) (2014)

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Koichi (Sato) and Atsumi (Ayase) are childhood friends who have become lovers. Despite this closeness when Atsumi attempts suicide Koichi is at a loss to understand the circumstances that drove her to do such a thing. Now she is in a coma and Koichi needs to find out the reason. Since Koichi is a neurosurgeon he has access to the latest studies and so he takes part in a medical procedure that will allow him to enter Atsumi's subconscious. Through 'sensing', a type of neurosurgical procedure allowing contact with the intentional aspect of a comatose patient's mind, Koichi tries to discover why Atsumi tried to kill herself, and to bring her back to consciousness. When he enters her mind she asks him to find a picture which she drew as a child. It is the key to a suppressed memory connected to a childhood trauma, an incident buried in their past which will bring their minds together and allow him to get close to truly knowing his love.

Cast

Kyôko Koizumi
as Koichi's Mother
Takeru Satoh
as Koichi fujita
Yutaka Matsushige
as Atsumi's Father

Critic Reviews for Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (Real)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Revelations stack and topple. By the third act, the film has so thoroughly exhausted your goodwill that any interest in plot must be jettisoned to even enjoy the aesthetics.

Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 5.0/10 | Full Review…
Film.com
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An unsatisfying, shamelessly derivative mix of elements from Inception, Flatliners, and Shutter Island.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: c
AV Club
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Tonally problematic psychological drama with a dollop of monster-movie madness.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…

As it lumbers toward one mini-climax after another, "Real" takes its situation dead seriously but struggles to enliven it with new ideas.

Sep 12, 2013 | Rating: b- | Full Review…
indieWire
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This quasi-scientific fantasy finds Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa at his least disturbing or mesmerizing.

Sep 12, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
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REAL is more a studio assignment than personal project for Kurosawa, yet it still displays the talents and obsessions that have made his name.

Jun 27, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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