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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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... Kenichi Takabe
Masato Hagiwara ... Kunio Mamiya
Tsuyoshi Ujiki ... Makoto Sakuma
Anna Nakagawa ... Fumie Takabe
... Dr. Akiko Miyajima
Yukijirô Hotaru ... Ichiro Kuwano
... Oida
... Fujiwara (as Ren Ôsugi)
... Tôru Hanaoka
Misayo Haruki ... Tomoko Hanaoka
Shun Nakayama ... Kimura
Akira Ohtaka ... 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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Madness. Terror. Murder. See more »


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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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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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This is one HELL of a movie...Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a master filmmaker who needs to be noticed around the world
22 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

WOW!!!! Now THAT was an EXCELLENT ending to a GREAT movie. It stuck with me for several hours after first watching it and the second time was no different. It had slow methodical pacing, but it was never boring. I, for one, appreciated the elliptical editing as it's just a filmmaker doing something different and being creative. Actually, it added to the hypnotic arc of the story. It didn't bother me whatsoever, although it wasn't nearly as effective in Kiyoshi's other great movie, "Kairo." Koji Yakusho was brilliant as troubled Detective Takabe and the mysterious drifter with hypnotic powers was very convincing as well. The use of hypnotism to get others to kill and rendering themselves soulless, was a refreshing take on the serial-killer subgenre, of which I love. Someone commented here that only people who "buy the mumbo jumbo" hypnotism storyline would like this film, and comments like those always bother me. Narrative films are not REAL LIFE, even the ones based on true stories. They are works of art, and try to tell us entertaining, comedic, frightning, and dramatic stories to keep the audience interested. I don't have to believe in the subjects their stories are telling me, nor do I believe they need to solve the world's problems. All I care is that they give me an interesting idea, an interesting story, with well-written dialogue, and if it ends with a bang. These, blended with great acting (now that's an area that needs convincing in film), great camera work, and an engaging score. Those are what make films interesting and "Kyua" aka "Cure" has all those qualities. Highly recommended.


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