[Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryu no hi] Giappone, 2013, 127’, col., DCP
di Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka basato sul romanzo di Rokurou Inui, A Perfect Day for Plesiosaur
Sceneggiatura Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka basato sul romanzo di Rokurou Inui, A Perfect Day for Plesiosaur – Fotografia Akiko Ashizawa – Montaggio Takashi Saito – Musiche Kei Haneoka – Production designer Takeshi Shimizu – Interpreti Takeru Satoh, Haruka Ayase – Produttore Takashi Irano – Produzione Twins Japan inc. – Distribuzione internazionale Tokyo Broadcasting System Television – Sito ufficiale real-kubinagaryu.jp

Koichi and Atsumi are lovers who have known each other since they were children. One year ago, Atsumi apparently tried to commit suicide, and has been in a coma since then. Through “sensing”, a type of neurological treatment allowing comunication with a comatose patient, Koichi tries to find out why she tried to kill herself, and to encourage her to wake up. Afraid of what he may find by going into her unconscious this way, but desperate to help bring her around, he undertakes the “sensing”. There he sees her at her desk, drawing manga comics from morning till night. “In primary school”, she suddenly says, “I drew you a picture of a plesiosaur. I want it. It was perfect. Will you find it for me?
 

Born in 1955 in Japan, Kurosawa began making 8mm films while a student. In 1998, his thriller Cure (1997) was screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. A number of other thrillers and horror films followed, such as Charisma (1999), Seance (2000), which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Un Certain Regard, and Pulse (2001). In 2003, Bright Future was selected in Competition at Cannes, while Tokyo Sonata (2008) won the Jury prize at Un Certain Regard. His TV series Penance was also screened at the Festival in Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.