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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.

Director:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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No use of soundtrack, except for the intro and the ending scene in the restaurant. 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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be prepared for more
2 February 2007 | by jinkbltSee all my reviews

Kurosawa has created a masterpiece here. This film is more than a horror thriller. It's a look at our modern society, and plays upon our innate fear that there is a monster hidden inside of us - even worse, we cannot control it.

It begins as a typical detective story, film noirish in its execution, and like typical film noir, the detective finds more to the story than originally anticipated. But this film, just like its storyline, begins to transcend the genre it purports to be a part of midway through.

More and more, we realize that it is telling the story of people today, boxed in, with our darkest desires oppressed. This theme of containment is heavy throughout, if one pays enough attention. For example, the usage of water as a symbol for the subconscious is useful for understanding many key parts of the film.

Everything is superbly framed and shot, with more than a few very long shots (a testament to the high caliber of the cast). Sound and music are used sparingly but effectively.

This film may not be very accessible to those who are only familiar with Hollywood-style film-making due to its slower pace and subtle conveyance.


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