After a floundering toy salesman rescues a beguiling woman whose car was stuck on the train tracks, she inadvertently whisks him into an epic series of misadventures that turn his life upside down. While his once humdrum routine was already complicated by two female co-workers, he soon finds himself entrenched with gangsters, strange interlopers, kidnapping, and other sundry crimes. Singular auteur Koji Fukada (A Girl Missing) marks his first time adapting someone else’s work to the screen by bringing Mochiru Hoshisato’s popular manga to life replete with his patently idiosyncratic and lively take on human nature, fatalism, and true love.
THE REAL THING was an Official Selection at Cannes in 2020, and featured as part of a spotlight on Fukada’s career during last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.
THE REAL THING (2020)
Written and Directed by: Koji Fukada
Cast: Win Morisaki, Kaho Tsuchimura, Kei Ishibashi, Shugo Oshinari,
Akari Fukunaga, Shohei Uno
Producers: Takaya Kano, Shinsehi Tago, Tatsuya Matsuoka, Yu Katoh, Yoko Abe
Director of Photography: Kosuke Haruki
RT: 232 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1
Sound: Stereo 2.0
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles