Real (2013)

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Koichi and Atsumi have been friends since their childhood days and they eventually became lovers. About one year ago, Atsumi attempted to commit suicide and fell into a coma afterwards. Koichi, desperate to know why Atsumi attempted suicide, takes part in a new medical procedure that involves the central nervous system. Koichi will enter the subconscious mind of Atsumi through the medical procedure.
When Koichi enters the subconscious mind of Atsumi, shes read moreasks Koichi to find a picture of a "plesiosaur" she drew as a child. The drawing is the key that brings back a suppressed childhood memory that brings their minds together.

  • Native title:

    リアル 完全なる首長竜の日
  • Also Known as:

    Real - Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryu no Hi

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May 5, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
If (like me) you are Takeru Satoh trash and think this is a romantic, dark-fluffy, inception-like film of a heroic character who travels into the mind of his beloved to rescue her out of a coma... then I suggest you don't watch this movie. ^-^

If, however, like me, you are Takeru Satoh trash, and have an appreciation for films with a deeper meaning, enjoying unexpected (and extremely sudden) plot twists and read more a dark and slightly creepy psychological theme... then I suggest you give this movie a shot. ^v^)/

One of REAL's biggest highlights for me was that you really didn't know what to expect next. You just have no idea. One minute, I was focused in the neurological world, and the next I was hiding behind my pillow. And that is how you go through the film - not knowing what to expect next, yet anticipating the conclusion. I give the rewatch value a strong 9*, as it all makes so much more sense if you were to rewatch it, and you can appreciate the thought put into its creation, the jumpy camera angles and script.

The cast and acting were great, although again, initially you might find it a little strange in the beginning. It all makes sense nearer the end. ^^

One thing that did confuse me was the strange blend of both decent CGI, and college-green-screen-quality CGI. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not because of the story line...

Also, plesiosaurs. I love them.
*[EDIT: Rewatching is so worth it!]
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Oct 18, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This movie is confusing! However, that is exactly what it's supposed to be. Real is a movie that will have you wondering just what the heck is going on, while at the same time have you thoroughly enjoying trying to figure out what it is, then just when you think you're a genius and solved it in your mind, the plot punches you in the face, laughs at you and tells you read more that you were wrong all along. :p The whole premise of the story is about reality vs. unreality. The real world on one side, dreamworld on the other. Just what lies inside a person's subconscious, hidden from our awake mind, perhaps only appearing in our dreams? This movie explores such notions and I, for one, couldn't tear myself away from the screen.
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    namopanik Aug 5, 2017

    A friendly heads-up since it's lacking a horror tag, but doesn't have enough horror parts to bother making an update. If the last three people saying it's creepy failed to convince you I repeat: it is creepy and has a few jumpscares (or my nerves are that poor). I started watching it late at night and failed miserably.
    Overall solid movie, but the ending is a bit chaotic.

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    Glenda Dec 18, 2016

    It's a little creepy but i liked it. Unique movie :)))

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    peacewon Jun 9, 2016

    Wonderful movie. I really want to know who played the kid Morio. because that was a really decent looking kid, seems to have acting chops and def worth keeping an eye out for in the up and coming list!! Sato has fabulous eyes doesn't he? I felt I just had to comment on that because who knew? HOLY cow they are pretty.

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    ElisaBebiano Jan 7, 2016

    This movie it's great, one of the best sci-fi movies I ever seen

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    WinterGale Nov 16, 2015

    This is one good messed up movie.

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    hno Aug 8, 2015

    well, at least the poster is quite something

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    June77 May 18, 2015
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    auipots Nov 23, 2014

    This movie just blew the shit out of mind. O.o << this was me when i was halfway thru the movie. For some this might have come off a bit boring but for people who like mindfucking plots then this is worth a try

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    heavenlene Oct 20, 2014

    Interesting twist. A bit dark, nice ending. Visual effects are amazing; acting of course is superb

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    Meli Sep 1, 2014

    Well....that was interesting!

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    Gaijin_ Aug 20, 2014

    I don't regret watching it but I didn't really like the second half of the movie.... eh, still enjoyable.

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    botanbutton Jul 4, 2014

    Well, I thought it was interesting. Subtle and creepy with a message. I think a lot people didn't care for it because there's no kissing and straight-up lovey dovey action. :P If you want to watch this movie for some Takeru romance, wrong movie, lol.

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    displacedmoon Jan 16, 2014

    It's certainly an interesting movie. Makes you think about how important of a role your subconscious plays on whether to confront your fears or avoid them altogether.

    I enjoyed the majority of the movie, but it threw me for a loop near the end. I understand that the storyline is meant to be surreal, but the last 10-15 minutes were a bit...much. The movie progressed in such a methodical and subtle manner and then all of a sudden it broke into chaos that felt a little too over the top for me.

    Would still recommend it to others.

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    Jun 1, 2013
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    2 hr. 7 min.


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