The Real Thing (Dir. Kôji Fukada, 2020)
Date: June 4-6, 2021
Times: Fri and Sat: 7:30pm; Sun: 2:00pm
Location: Lumiere Music Hall
Address: 9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA. 90211
Original ten-part television version!
Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical premiere!
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
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