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‘The Real Thing’: Film Review

Jan 3, 2021

Grant winning Japanese chief Koji Fukada carries a sentimental television dramatization to the screen in a four-hour cut.

A 30-year-old “salaryman” — what might be compared to an office representative — is getting exhausted with his two sweethearts at work when a perilous, eccentric femme fatale topples his life. Initially created by Japan’s Nagoya television as a 10-section arrangement, this comic book variation coordinated by acclaimed producer Koji Fukada was altered down to a simple 233 minutes for its dramatic delivery in Japan in October.

Four hours is as yet an uncommonly long running time for a sentiment that consistently turns around on itself as the legend Tsuji, played by Win Morisaki (Prepared Player One), changes starting with one lady then onto the next in a Mobius piece of ceaseless connections.

The movie was a Cannes principle choice this year; it is being screened at the Tokyo Movie Celebration as a feature of a lifelong review and salute to Fukada, who coordinated the 2010 hit Hospitalité and the 2016 Harmonium, which won the jury prize in Un Certain Respect in Cannes. So it shows up with certifications completely all together — as a convincing dramatization, less so.

The story is told in Fukada’s own amusing manner, however the characters’ transforming connections do not have the practical snap one finds in a Kore-eda film or even a Naomi Kawase drama. Tsuji and his circle never let us fail to remember their starting points in funnies and television, consistently somewhat in favor of generalizations and stock characters, who are for all intents and purposes difficult to think about in any genuine sense.

With his lean figure and a moppy hair style, Tsuji is a best in class individual from the Onda Toys and Firecrackers labor force, possibly chief material. Shockingly, he has a long-standing game plan with the extreme Ms. Hosokawa (all around depicted by Kei Ishibashi) who spends mystery nights in his condo; the infuriatingly silly Minako (Akari Fukunaga) has likewise chomped the apple with him a couple of times. Both have an eye on marriage, a thought that Tsuji just grins at.

Enter Ukiyo (Kaho Tsuchimura), significantly. Her vehicle slows down in the center of a railroad intersection and she goes into a frenzy with a train overwhelming her. Tsuji pushes the vehicle to security at the last possible second to save her life. At the point when the cops show up, she reveals to them he was driving — and vanishes. He’s stricken.

Commonly in the story, Tsuji pursues the armada footed flirt in her free sleeveless dresses through the chilly night downpour. Each time he gets her, he needs to loan her taxi toll or rescue her from obligation. A hidden world manager requests $10,000 to deliver her from a future in prostitution (he pays). Later he finds she has a wacky, fierce and exceptionally possessive spouse — and a youngster — who needs more cash. The more profound she hauls him into her wrecks, the more he’s snared on her.

However, there comes a last bit of excess that will be tolerated: the disclosure that his in vogue new manager Daisuke (Shugo Oshinari), the person who should transform himself around, was engaged with Ukiyo in a bombed self destruction agreement is as yet leading for her. This brings the sentimental la ronde to an impasse, as Daisuke and Tsuji compete for her consideration by each professing to be the more vulnerable man who needs her assistance.

On the off chance that Success Morisaki seems like an over the top pleasant person to be a women’s man, significantly less an insulted darling, Kaho Tsuchimura slips consummately into the job of the uncouth femme fatale who makes ruin in each life she contacts. Her primary line, rehashed umpteen occasions and fitting in each circumstance, is “I’m heartbroken.” She gets a far-fetched makeover in the last half-hour. She might be the genuine article for Tsuji, however it’s difficult to envision he is for her, or that she could actually turn into the one doing the pursuing.

Scene: Tokyo Global Film Celebration

Creation organization: Nagoya television

Cast: Win Morisaki, Kaho Tsuchimura, Kei Ishibashi, Shugo Oshinari, Akari Fukunaga, Shohei Uno

Chief, screenwriter: Koji Fukada

Makers: Takaya Kano, Shinsehi Tago, Tatsuya Matsuoka, Yu Katoh, Yoko Abe

Head of photography: Kosuke Haruki

Creation architect: Yurika Jozuka

Outfit architect: Hanaka Kikuchi

Editors: Zensuke Hori, Sari Hatsushika, Koji Fukada

Music: Yuki Hara, Sachiko Murata

World deals: Nagoya Broadcasting Organization

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