Cure (1997)

Cure (1997, JAP) C-111m. *** D: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Starring Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa. Outstanding mystery horror thriller about shockingly gruesome, ritualistic murders in Tokyo that all seem to be unrelated. Police inspector Yakusho ultimately winds up with suspect Hagiwara: an amnesiac wandering the streets of Tokyo with the gift of hypnosis. Minimalistic in direction, dialogue but uses this to great effect. Brilliant script always leaves a few questions open to the viewer, thuis forcing him to watch on. Terrific. Written by director Kurosawa (no relation to Akira), based on his own novel! Original Japanese title: KYUA.


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