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The Real Thing

June 4 - June 6, 2021

The Real Thing

(Dir. Kôji Fukada, 2020)

Original ten-part television version!
Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical premiere!






Lumiere Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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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 and misdemeanors. Singular auteur Kôji Fukada (A Girl Missing,  Locarno in Los Angeles 2020) marks his first time adapting someone  else’s work to the screen by bringing this popular manga to life replete  with his patently idiosyncratic and lively take on human nature,  fatalism, and true love. Official Selection: Cannes.

TRT: 237 min + intermission


Friday 4 June, 2021 -  7:30 PM

Saturday 5 June 2021 - 7:30 PM

Sunday 6 June 2021 - 2:00 PM

Undoubtedly one of Fukada's best to date, and one of this year's most moving works.  Four hours steeped in obsessive, thwarted love, destiny that clings on  for dear life, an epic emotional fragility, all brought to life by  mesmerising actors – and a filmmaker deeply inspired by the stories he  tells.

- Selection Committee, Cannes Film Festival

(Available to download after screening date)

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