Kiyoshi Kurosawa Returns With Sci-Fi Drama
Variety has reported that after a long and silent break, genre-hopping Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has returned to the filmmaking world with the intriguingly titled sci-fi drama The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur.
Although it’s been four years since Kurosawa unveiled the acclaimed Tokyo Sonata, there has been little announcement made of what he’s been doing in the interim. Now it’s been revealed that The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur is cast and ready to go, with filming scheduled to begin very soon.
The film is based on a book of the same name by Rokuro Inoi and is about a neurosurgeon whose lover attempted suicide and now languishes in a coma. He develops a method of travelling into her subconscious in an attempt to discover why she tried to kill herself. There is no mention of what the title refers to, but will more than likely end up being some sort of metaphor.
The two leads will be played by Takeru Sato (Kamen Rider Den-O) and Haruka Ayase (My Girlfriend Is A Cyborg), and have support from Kurosawa regulars Jo Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige and Kyôko Koizumi. There is no word if Kôji Yakusho, frequently a lead or bit-player for Kurosawa, will make an appearance.
Although Kurosawa was originally known for violent crime movies like The Cure and Serpent’s Path, or J-Horror efforts like Pulse, they possessed a depth and complexity that belied the standard genre conventions of their basic storylines, and were certainly much more than just collections of shootings and stabbings or lank-haired ghost women stalking unsuspecting families. Tokyo Sonata proved him to be equally adept at handling human drama, which is likely to be a major aspect of Plesiosaur underneath its sci-fi trappings.
The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur is slated for a summer 2013 release, which likely means a premiere at Cannes, at which Tokyo Sonata won the Prix Un Certain Regard in 2008.
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