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Cure (1997)

CURE

CURE

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┬áconfess 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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Murder by Death

what a cast!

what a cast!

I accidentally stumbled on this movie while looking for some good comedy on Itune. When I saw Peter Falk prominently on the poster, I clicked “buy” without hesitance. Thinking it’s another Columbo episodes I missed (how many are they by the way?), I was surprised to see it’s another movie entirely, and with extraordinary cast!

Well... this is the legendary Peter Sellers

Well… this is the legendary Peter Sellers

David Niven with Dame Smith

David Niven with Dame Smith

Murder by Death (1976) is a wonderful funny parody of classic detective ficitons: Poirot, Miss Marple, Nick & Nora, Sam Spade and Charlie Chan. The plot revolve around a group of world famous detectives, trapped in an English country house belonged to a cunning mind-twisted millionaire, who challenge them all to solve his unsolvable murder case.

And here's the real Truman Capote, in moving picture

And here’s the real Truman Capote, in moving picture

And here Peter Falk portray Sam Spade… well he’s just being Columbo and I love him for it. (or I just have problem distinguish Peter Falk from Columbo, or is it Columbo from Peter Falk?)

Always happy to see you Columbo

Always happy to see you Columbo

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