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

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… More

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Calum Marsh

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.

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Eric Kohn

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

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Sarah Boslaugh

Real is an absorbing film but becomes overcomplicated (with a disappointing Twilight Zone-style twist that is both unnecessary and jarring) and goes on about 20 minutes too long.

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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club

An unsatisfying, shamelessly derivative mix of elements from Inception, Flatliners, and Shutter Island.

Maggie Lee

This quasi-scientific fantasy finds Japanese horror maestro Kiyoshi Kurosawa at his least disturbing or mesmerizing.

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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter

Tonally problematic psychological drama with a dollop of monster-movie madness.

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Ethan Vestby
The Film Stage

REAL is more a studio assignment than personal project for Kurosawa, yet it still displays the talents and obsessions that have made his name.

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