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Cure (1997)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 8 July 2001 (USA)
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A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writers:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (novel), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Kenichi Takabe
Masato Hagiwara Masato Hagiwara ... Kunio Mamiya
Tsuyoshi Ujiki Tsuyoshi Ujiki ... Makoto Sakuma
Anna Nakagawa Anna Nakagawa ... Fumie Takabe
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Dr. Akiko Miyajima
Yukijirô Hotaru Yukijirô Hotaru ... Ichiro Kuwano
Denden ... Oida
Ren Osugi ... Fujiwara (as Ren Ôsugi)
Masahiro Toda ... Tôru Hanaoka
Misayo Haruki Misayo Haruki ... Tomoko Hanaoka
Shun Nakayama Shun Nakayama ... Kimura
Akira Ohtaka Akira Ohtaka ... Yasukawa
Shôgo Suzuki Shôgo Suzuki ... Tamura
Toshi Kato Toshi Kato ... Psychiatrist
Hajime Tanimoto Hajime Tanimoto ... Takabe no shachô
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cura See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY 1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,879, 6 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,596, 9 December 2001
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Daiei Studios See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Martin Scorsese said Cure was Kurosawa's "most terrifying movie." See more »

Goofs

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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An interesting and gripping film
19 November 2005 | by artemis0302See all my reviews

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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