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(Jan 06, 2004)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cure is one of the few perfect films I've ever seen. It's a mesmerizing thriller, and a pitch black meditation on identity and obligation. The sound design is simply peerless. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A wonderful film for those who want a bit of intellectual inspiration with their entertainment.
Years ago "Akira" drew me into Anime. Read more
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 morePublished on January 6, 2010 by Le_Samourai
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 morePublished on August 16, 2009 by Nate
ok. I am a huge K. Kurosawa fan. I watch his movie over and over to retrieve the 'hidden' messages. Read morePublished on November 21, 2008 by ShamanBro
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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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 morePublished on December 20, 2005 by catapogo
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 morePublished on October 6, 2005 by Taekwan Kim
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 morePublished on October 3, 2005 by J. Yih