Cure (1997)



A gloomy, quiet, beautiful film. Here, we have a film-noir detective hero (Koji Yakusho) facing a series of strange murders without motive. I mean all the murderers confess to their crimes, but they themselves couldn’t understand why they did the killing in the first place. And all the victims have strang “X” marks carved on their body. Then, there’s this strange John Doe man appear out of nowhere and has creepy effect, influence on people.

Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho)

Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho)

interviewing with a mysterious guy

interviewing with a mysterious guy


The film gives all this still macabre suspense. Every characters seem to have psychological problem of their own. The director, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, is rather famous for horror genre, especially for “Pulse” (2001). Yakusho, the main actor, starred in many Kurosawa’s films: notably Doppelganger (2003), Retribution (2006) and the famous Tokyo Sonata (2008). He is, however, brilliant in Cure. As the film go, it just seem Yakusho character dive down deeper and deeper into some dark twisted spiral, and really dragging audience down with him. Very chilling indeed.


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