Got nothing to watch tonight? Why not try your luck with one of the many thousands of asian movies hidden in the depths of youtube. I’ll be the first to say I was sceptical as to what I’d find, but tonight I was pleasantly surprised after typing in my search ’ japanese movies eng sub’ into the search bar.
I was graciously greeted by over 120,000 hits! But after sifting through various results, a great number being 18+ movies or movies from a different country all together I finally stumbled upon the beauty Real or Real: Kanzennaru Shuchō Ryū no Hi as it is known in japan. It stars the talented Takeru Satho as well as the beautiful Haruka Ayase, If you’re a fan I highly recommend you check out this film as they’re such a good pairing. This film is based off of a book called ‘a perfect day for plesiosaur’ and genre wise it is typically labeled as science fiction. But it is so very much more than that. It’s a psychological movie with some visual horror at points and not forgetting understatedly romantic. It was both beautiful visually as well as mentally stimulating and it’s not a movie that will be easily forgotten soon.
From the outset we learn of a cute couple who have just moved in together, the female is a mangaka artist and the male is a worker at a sports center. We see very little interaction between the two but enough so that we know that they are together and are childhood sweethearts, time then shifts to one year later where the male (Koichi) is alone and in a rush to leave his noticeably dark and lonely apartment. We then find out that his beloved Atsumi is in the hospital in a coma due to jumping into water in an attempt to commit suicide. Our poor Koichi is beside himself as he’s known his girlfriend practically all of his life and he had no clue as to what turmoil she was going through, nor does he know the reasons behind the suicide attempt. We then learn that he’s at the hospital to visit Atsumi via a virtual reality machine that connects their subconscious minds together so that they can communicate. At this point I was baffled not only by the concept of that actually happening within the real world setting but also by the complexity of the machine prop itself.
As we enter Atsumi’s mind for the first time we learn that she is somewhat of an obsessive artists, due to the stress that she has to deal with due to her manga publishing but also it seems that she has lost who she is because she is constantly doing art. Despite Koichi telling her that she is not in the real world and her seeing her pen defy the laws of gravity before her very eyes she seems somewhat indifferent to the fact. Koichi however is not.. especially after the horrifying appearance of one of Atsumi’s comic book characters who just so happens to be a mangled corpse. I’ll leave the full description as to the events of the movie there, so I’m not giving to much away and that I’ve peeked your interest enough that you’ll want to check it out.
What I will leave you with is this, this film has an air of mysterious surrealism about it, just when you feel like you know the gist of the story and how it ends it surprises you with an interesting twist. There are also moments of visual horror that come and go and can be somewhat hysterical at times due to the reactions that come about because of them. If you’re a fan of western films like lovely bones and inception I highly recommend you give this a try..
This is the conclusion of my movie review, I hope you enjoyed reading and I look forward to hearing your opinions!