DVD Release: The Real Thing

DVD Release Date: Available now
Price: DVD $22.99
Studio: Film Movement

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.

Written and directed by Japan’s Koji Fukada (Harmonium), The Real Thing marks the filmmaker’s first time adapting someone else’s work to the screen by bringing Mochiru Hoshisato’s popular manga to life replete with his patently idiosyncratic and lively take on human nature, fatalism, and true love.

This episodic drama was an official selection at Cannes in 2020, and featured as part of a spotlight on Fukada’s career during last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.