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'Tokyo Sonata' & 'Pulse' Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa Returns With Sci-Fi Drama 'The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 18, 2012 7:44 PM
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Ask and you shall receive? Something like that anyway....It was just last month that we openly wondered about what was going on with Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who featured on our What Ever Happened To These 5 Foreign-Language Filmmakers? list, and lo and behold, he's back with a new feature.

It has been four long years since "Tokyo Sonata," but going in front of cameras very soon is the fascinatingly titled "The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur" ("Rearu kanzennaru kubinagaryu no hi"). No, we don't know what that means either, but the movie itself -- based on the book by Rokuro Inoi -- boasts a typically intriguing premise, telling the story of a neurosurgeon who goes into the subconscious of his coma stricken lover to find out why she attempted suicide. The director's regulars Miki Nakatani, Jo Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige and Kyoko Koizumi will all feature with Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase taking the lead roles.

On paper it sounds like a possible return to his J-horror roots of films like "Pulse" or "The Loft," but perhaps it will find the director stretching drama into fascinating places as he did with "Tokyo Sonata." We're curious to find out, and we won't have to wait long. Toho has already slated the film for a summer 2013 release, and we hope this means a return to Cannes for Kurosawa who won the Un Certain Regard Jury prize with his last film in 2008. Either way, welcome back, Kurosawa. [Variety]

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2 Comments

  • Arch | July 20, 2012 3:00 AMReply

    Great news indeed ! Thanks for the head-up. Kurosawa (Kiyoshi) clearly is one of the greatest directors of the last 15 years or so. Let's also hope Redemption/Shokuzai will somehow be released internationally.

  • MAL | July 19, 2012 10:52 AMReply

    Awesome news! Cure and Pulse are extraordinary films and remarkably unsettling. Tokyo Sonata was a huge but successful departure into family drama, but moving, thought provoking and powerful. Love his work.

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