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Kiyoshi Kurosawa (novel)
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Release Date:
8 July 2001 (USA) See more »
Madness. Terror. Murder. See more »
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 »
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  (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
Gary 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
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An interesting and gripping film, 19 November 2005
Author: kayakofan from Orange County, California

A wave of murders has recently hit Tokyo, each victim having a large 'X' cut deeply into their chests. The interesting this is, each culprit is a different person. The case goes to a detective named Takabe (played by the brilliant Koji Yakusho), and he must investigate. During his investigation, he finds Mamiya, a man who seemingly has no memory of his life. Takabe realizes there's something strange about Mamiya...

"Cure" was Kiyoshi Kurosawa's first major success. It's a complex and dark film about hypnosis, which is at times, pretty unsettling and chilling. This is a little different than Kurosawa's later works, but all his signature methods are here: the unsettling atmosphere, the suspense, the unusual complexity of the characters, and slow pacing. Still, if you liked any of this director's other movies, this is highly recommended.

My rating: 8/10.

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