Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s REAL on Australian DVD in February 2014
On February 26th, the Australian label Madman Entertainment will release REAL (リアル〜完全なる首長竜の日, Riaru Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryu no Hi, 2013) on Region 4 DVD.
Based on Rokuro Inui’s award-winning novel A Perfect Day for Plesiosaur, the film is directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the internationally renowned filmmaker best-known for his ground-breaking horror films PULSE (回路, Kairo, 2001) and CURE (キュア, Kyua, 1997). The movie stars Takeru Sato, who played the title role in last year’s domestic blockbuster RUROUNI KENSHIN (るろうに剣心, 2012), and Haruka Ayase, whose many credits include the blind swordswoman in ICHI (市, 2008).
REAL was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival and was an Official Selection of the 2013 Japanese Film Festival Australia and Toronto International Film Festival.
After an apparent suicide attempt, Atsumi Kazu (Haruka Ayase) has been left in a coma for year. Now through a radical new treatment called “Sensing”, her fiance Koichi Fujita (Takeru Sato) has a chance to communicate with her by going inside the virtual world of her subconscious mind. With each visit, the real world and the virtual one become increasingly blurred. Memories begin surface revealing a dark mystery from both of their pasts. The key to solving both the mystery and Atsumi’s coma lie in finding a picture of a plesiosaur from their childhood.
Format: DVD (Region 4, PAL)
Release Date: February 26, 2014
SRP: $29.95 AUD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Language: Japanese Dolby 5.1
Running Time: 127 minutes
Madman is a leading independent film and television distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia and New Zealand. Madman is renowned for its commitment to quality Australian and foreign film, factual content, as well as highly collectable categories such as Japanese anime, genre film, animation and cult television. Madman’s capabilities encompass end to end acquisition, marketing, creative, sales and distribution in all mediums and formats, from the silver screen to the digital realm. Madman is also a proud producer of Australian film and television content. Put simply, Madman is mad for entertainment.
Madman is owned by Funtastic Limited, one of Australia’s largest wholesalers of consumer products into retail outlets and an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed company.
For more information on REAL please see the previous coverage here on SciFi Japan: