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Cure (2001)

Masato Hagiwara , K˘ji Yakusho , Kiyoshi Kurosawa  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Masato Hagiwara, K˘ji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa, Yoriko D˘guchi
  • Directors: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Producers: Atsuyuki Shimoda, Hiroyuki Kato, Satoshi Kanno, Shigeo Minakami, Tetsuya Ikeda
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000YAEHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cure" on IMDb

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  • 20-minute interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Director filmography

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In the hands of director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a serial-killer movie is not merely a serial-killer movie. Cure doesn't so much scream and shout as drive the audience slowly crazy--much like Kurosawa's subsequent creepfests, Seance and Pulse (a.k.a. Kairo). Koji Yakusho, the happy-foot husband in Shall We Dance, plays a weary detective on a baffling murder case, which paradoxically becomes even more puzzling as the solution begins to emerge. Kurosawa's use of empty spaces, and his uncanny command of the soundtrack (the eerie collection of hums and drones would win David Lynch's approval) makes for a shivery experience... though not one interested in resolving itself in a conventional manner. And why should it? At some terrible point in this movie you realize that catching the bad guy isn't going to make Kurosawa's poisoned world any cleaner or safer. Stick with the director's elliptical style, and Cure will leave dread in its tainted wake. --Robert Horton

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In the tradition of Seven and Silence of the Lambs comes this genuinely spine-tingling horror/thriller from one of Japan’s most talked about filmmakers, Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Set in and around a bleak, decaying Tokyo, a series of murders have been committed by average, ordinary people who claim to have had no control over their horrifying actions. Following the only link—a mysterious stranger who had brief contact with each perpetrator/victim—detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho, Shall We Dance, Warm Water Under A Red Bridge) places his own sanity on the line as he tries to end the wave of inexplicable terror.

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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. May 20, 2004
Format:DVD
Kyua (Kyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)
Veteran director Kyoshi Kurosawa (Serpent's Path, the recently-optioned Pulse) weighs in with this 1997 offering, and the best way to describe it is giallo gone Yakuza. It has all the highlights of good giallo, from an overly gory mystery storyline to broad cinematic shots in the best Argento style to characters who sometimes just say the silliest things imaginable to one particular plot twist that makes absolutely no sense to anyone until you've seen the movie fifty times. And with the Japanese so much farther out on the bleeding edge of extreme horror than the Italians these days, you can bet a Japanese giallo is going to be two hours of bang-up knockdown bloody fun. And oh, my, it is.
Cure (the English title) revolves around a series of brutal murders with one thing in common: the throat of each victim is slashed in a large X. Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho of Tampopo, Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, etc.), the inspector assigned to the murders, soon discovers that they all seem to center around an odd amnesiac (Masato Hagiwara). He's not the murderer, but each one of the murderers-yes, they're all different people-came into contact with him not long before killing their victims.
While the style is giallo all the way, the pacing is Japanese New Horror. Kurosawa starts things off in the nastiest way possible, then gives us the finding of the amnesiac and some buildup in the characters of Kenichi and his reluctant partner in this, Makoto Sakuma (Tsuyoshi Ujiki of The Eight-Tomb City and Full metal Yakuza fame) before the murders kick off again and everything rolls into high gear.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Can You Be Guilty If You've No Idea You Did It? February 6, 2004
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CURE is an entirely engrossing cop procedural drama coupled with more than just a healthy hint of THE X FILES that scores kudos for its relentlessly plotted creepiness tied to the intensity of the murders.
Inspector Takabe and Criminal Psychologist Sakuma believe they are on the growing trail of a serial killer forcing others to commit grisly murders, but one fact doesn't add up: the killers have no recollection of what they've done. Enter Mamiya, a psychology student turned 'mesmerist' who plants suggestions in the mind -- latent impulses upon which everyone he comes into contact with will eventually act upon.
Vindicated by his capture, Takabe and Sakuma begin their quest to understand how Mamiya has accomplished what he's done, risking both their lives and sanity in order to bring the entire bloody affair to an end.
Extremely well done and grippingly paced, CURE is a great flick to pop in and sit ready to pull the covers up over your eyes!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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"Cure," by director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is one of the most intelligent and brilliant thrillers I have seen in some time. In fact, this is one of the best I have ever seen. This is a film that takes patience, however, it is a rewarding experience to view such a masterfully directed film that makes you think. This is not a mindless and directionless film as so many in the horror/thriller genre are. No, this film is a thinking film. The reviewer Wheelchair Assassin described it as "three exists past brilliant" and he is correct. The film opens with what appears to be a normal man on his way home from work. Picking up a prostitute, he later bludgeons her to death. Not content to merely kill her, he sets about placing and X carving into her body. But why? What has this woman done to him to warrant such a horrible act? Moreover, the murderer hardly knew his victim and he had no reason to kill her.

Enter detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho) who has been investigating a series of grisly and bizarre murders, where each of the victims have had an 'X' cut into their bodies after they have been killed. What do each of these victims have in common with their killers? That is what Detective Takabe is trying to discover. Moreover, what makes the murders so bizarre is that all of the murderer's are found close to the crime scene. Plus, all of the murders have nothing in common except the 'X' carved on their bodies. Detective Takabe (Koji Yakushi) begins to explore a possible connection to the killers and a third party involved. Nothing about the killings make sense, however, Detective Takabe believes that each of the murders are linked together somehow. And with this, director Kiyoshi Kurosawa takes the viewer into an unsettling and mind boggling world of suspense.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant filmmaking.... December 11, 2006
Format:DVD
I really love this film. I love horror films that get into your head quietly, and then stay there for days. This film is one of those films. It's similar in tone and style to Kwaidan, Vampyr, and The Sixth Sense. The director, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, directs the film with a beautiful langorous pace, with very long takes, incredible atmosphere, a superbly renedered soundtrack, understated performances, and a very ambiguous plot. It's nice to see a horror film without gratuitous gore, stupid teenage characters, idiotic language, and plot holes that are there because the writers/director are lazy, not because they're trying to be ambiguous. Some people haven't liked this film very much, arguing that it was too boring and vague. It's supposed to be ambiguous and vague; that's what makes it as good as it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spell Binding
A wonderful film for those who want a bit of intellectual inspiration with their entertainment.
Years ago "Akira" drew me into Anime. Read more
Published on February 9, 2010 by AkuumaX
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, another brilliant Kurosawa, whoda thunk it?
An unassuming man in a plaid sport coat walks with a confident gait through the streets and removes a section of pipe from an exposed water line in a tunnel. Read more
Published on January 6, 2010 by Le_Samourai
4.0 out of 5 stars "who are you?" - cure delivers a real and enigmatic film experience,...
a series of very similar murders don't make sense. all the ordinary explanations - a serial killer, a few copycats - don't pan out, since the killers are all different and none... Read more
Published on August 16, 2009 by Nathan Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars K.K. essential
ok. I am a huge K. Kurosawa fan. I watch his movie over and over to retrieve the 'hidden' messages. Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by ShamanBro
5.0 out of 5 stars boat ride on the river Lethe
This one'll scare your scarf off, and you'll be very cold. "Charisma" is a (semi-official?) sequel of sorts...

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Published on October 9, 2006 by AWC
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the most apathetic movies I've seen in years.
Although apparently a minority opinion, I found this film exceedingly boring and disappointing. Basically there was no plot, more of a scenario that gets played out over and over... Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by catapogo
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Psychological Thiller
Kurosawa has mastered the art of creating inherently disturbing images. From the opening scene to the end credits, every image and sound presented, impeccably timed, has been... Read more
Published on October 6, 2005 by Taekwan Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
I got this movie because of all the good reviews it received, and it's suppose to be an Asian horror film, or so it's categorized under. Read more
Published on October 3, 2005 by J. Yih
5.0 out of 5 stars About three exits past brilliant
Who are we?

That's the nagging question posed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure, or more specificially by its uber-enigmatic antagonist, Mamiya. Read more
Published on September 20, 2005 by Wheelchair Assassin
4.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing . . .
Cure is probably one of the best films in the new wave of Asian/Japanese horror although it isn't straight forward horror. Read more
Published on July 13, 2005 by bowery boy
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