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Escaping reality

July 4 - July 10, 2024
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Gulf Weekly Escaping reality

THE Japanese movie The Imaginary is set to release on Netflix tomorrow. The fantasy film was produced with hand-drawn animation by Studio Ponoc, and is based on A.F. Harrold’s 2014 novel of the same name.

The story follows imaginary boy Rudger, who lives in the attic of his creator, young Amanda. Rudger escapes the attic when Mr Bunting, a man who hunts ‘imaginaries’, arrives at Amanda’s doorstep. Rudger arrives to a town where all the imaginary friends come when they are forgotten by their creator, but he remains hopeful of not meeting the same fate as them.

Written and produced by Yoshiaki Nishimura, the movie released in theatres in Japan last year, followed by Netflix announcing, in January, that they had acquired worldwide streaming rights to the film.


“This is a tale of Rudger, neither human nor animal, who is dismissed by adults as a fake, a mere figment of imagination,” Yoshiaki said. “Our vision is to be as true as possible to our own stories, founded on our belief in this outrageous and wild fantasy.”







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