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The Cure (1997)
"Cure" (original title)

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  8 July 2001 (USA)
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A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and ... See full summary »

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Kenichi Takabe
Masato Hagiwara ...
Kunio Mamiya
Tsuyoshi Ujiki ...
Makoto Sakuma
Anna Nakagawa ...
Fumie Takabe
Yoriko Dôguchi ...
Dr. Akiko Miyajima
Yukijirô Hotaru ...
Ichiro Kuwano
Denden ...
Oida
Ren Ôsugi ...
Fujiwara
Masahiro Toda ...
Tôru Hanaoka
Misayo Haruki ...
Tomoko Hanaoka
Shun Nakayama ...
Kimura
Akira Otaka ...
Yasukawa
Shôgo Suzuki ...
Tamura
Toshi Kato ...
Psychiatrist
Hajime Tanimoto ...
Takabe no shachô
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A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. An odd young man is arrested near the scene of the latest murder, who has a strange effect on everyone who comes into contact with him. Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man's connection with the killings. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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JPY 1,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,879 (USA) (6 July 2001)

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$94,596 (USA) (7 December 2001)
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In Japan, they drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. In every scene in this picture that's the case - except one. When the detective leaves in his car to go to the hospital because Mimiya has turned up there, the steering wheel is on the left and he drives on the right side of the road. See more »

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Possibly the spookiest movie I have ever seen.
20 March 2003 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

The only time I can recall being as spooked by a film was when my parents took me to see "Hangover Square" - a gothic Jack the Ripper thriller - when I was 8 years old. I guess they couldn't find a baby-sitter. That took me about a year to get over, a low-key, all-too-realistic chiller about the banality of insanity.

"Cure" is such a perfect depiction of madness that just about every shot could be framed & hung in a gallery. You can't analyze this one, it doesn't follow a cartesian line of logic; nor does it blast you with halloweenish surprises in the style of Elm Street & its knock-offs. This has far deeper & subtler impact. I found as I relaxed into this film that images of recurring dreams & nightmares I've had since childhood arose & blended into what I was watching. Can't get much creepier than that.

That said, the images & emotions that this film evokes are on a very high level of poetic art. One of the most impressive elements of "Cure" is the director's ability to convey the magnetic manipulative appeal of Mamiya - surely one of the scariest things in real life & very difficult to convincingly convey on screen.


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