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Director:
Writers:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (novel)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 July 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Madness. Terror. Murder. See more »
Plot:
A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
9 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Cure: impressionistic portrait of a serial killer See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... 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
Tsuyoshi Mikami ... Truck Driver
Makoto Kakeda ... Policeman at the Hotel
Yasujiro Tamura ... Middle-Aged Man at Dry Cleaners
Yasuharu Sato ... Dry Cleaners Employee
Shinichiro Inoue ... Dr. Miyajima's Young Patient
Yuri Shimada ... Nurse
Kae Egawa ... Waitress
Mitsuyo Suwa ... Hotel Murder Victim
Tetsushi Tanaka
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kazutaka Arayama ... Police Detective at the Hotel
Emiko Hattori ... Suzu Murakawa
Setchin Kawaya ... Kakarikan #1
Takayuki Konishi ... Kakarikan #2
Kae Minami
Tarô Suwa ... Apâto no shachô
Hiromi Suzuki
Makoto Togashi ... Policeman
Masato Yamaji ... Police Detective
Yuu Yamazaki

Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  novel
Kiyoshi Kurosawa  screenplay

Produced by
Tetsuya Ikeda .... producer
Satoshi Kanno .... producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... executive producer
Shigeo Minakami .... co-producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda .... producer
Tsutomu Tsuchikawa .... producer
 
Original Music by
Geirî Ashiya 
 
Cinematography by
Tokushô Kikumura 
 
Film Editing by
Kan Suzuki 
 
Production Design by
Tomoyuki Maruo 
 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Yasushi Minatoya .... unit production manager
 
Sound Department
Hiromichi Kori .... sound
 

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111 min | Taiwan:115 min
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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Cure: impressionistic portrait of a serial killer, 29 June 2008
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

I think it is important to distinguish Cure from the avalanche of white-face-ghost-girl Japanese horror flicks that followed in Ringu's wake. Purely because it's a different beast and lumping it in a convenient J-horror niche is doing it a disservice. I won't go into plot specifics because it's only a skeleton for Kurosawa to hang his atmospherics. That said, I can understand the complaint many viewers seem to share ("man, it doesn't make sense") but without having any claims on solving Cure's riddle, I'm satisfied with letting wash over me, one watch at a time.

Kurosawa wisely doesn't attempt to explain his plot. He's content to lift the veil just enough for us to sneak a glimpse in before he disorients again. The plot slowly builds through little tokens that are never followed by an orchestral crescento to signal their arrival. They just happen. A small photo in a book, muffled words on a phonogram, an old video, the ramblings of an amnesiac, theories on 18th century Austrian doctors. In the course of the film, everything seems to be coming together only to remain elusive in the end. In that aspect I find Cure to be closer to Last Year at Marienbad than your average Ringu clone. It's not about making sense, it's about pushing limits within which you can. It's about soaking in the impression it makes. When muffled words come through a phonogram, they're more incoherent ramblings than a telegraphed plot solution; but they contribute just as well to the overarching feel. This elliptic mentality is abetted by Kurosawa's choice of a slow, deliberate pace and many long shots, entire scenes covered without any cuts. The gritty and rundown aspect of Tokyo is photographed like a more naturalistic version of David Fincher's work and does the job well.

It's my impression that a surrealist air hovers above and at the heart of Cure, at times reminiscent of a more languid version of Lynch. It is undoubtedly a horror movie so don't be put off by my Resnais comparison, but it's as much bleak as it is subtle and leaves enough to the mind's eye to make you carry it out with you.

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