May 27, 2022

Cure (1997)

Cure is a 1997 Japanese psychological mystery-horror film written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, starring Kōji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki and Anna Nakagawa. The film was part of the new wave of Japanese cinema, Japanese horror, with other releases like Hideo Nakata's Ring and Takashi Shimizu's Ju-On: The Grudge. The film was released to strong critical acclaim in Japan and internationally, with critics praising Kurosawa's direction as well as the visuals and atmosphere. In 2012, South Korean film director Bong Joon-ho listed the film as one of the greatest films of all time, citing it as having had a strong impact on his career. This is Kurosawa and lead actor Yakusho's first collaboration.

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.
Freddy and Krasnaya Movie Review

F: Today we don't have Beat Takeshi, and what a change of pace we got because of that! We don't get to see a Yakuza crime scene with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, but we do get a strange serial killer that doesn't remember who he is. Or does he? This movie's visuals are amazing. Sometimes you get this wide angle like you are seeing a 2D video game, and it creates a really cool effect. These shots create some tension because you feel like some character is about to jump-attack another. Also, we can't go without mentioning the darkness and atmosphere created around Mamiya; it is just so creepy and mysterious. This movie totally has the same feel as movies like Ju-on or Ring.

K: Hello Freddie, inspired by the spirit and style of Takeshi Kitano, we chose the film Cure, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, which became part of the new wave of Japanese cinema - j-horror. Phew, this one kept me in constant tension. The film is very dark and strong. As you mentioned, this film is not rich in colors; it reminded me of a shadow theater, in Japanese ascetic and vagrant scenery, where a vague, but inevitable threat seems to be in every dark spot. The camerawork is awesome - this way of shooting from around the corner really terrified me. An excellent technique that creates a sense of presence.

Creepy MF
Wonderful creepy scene.
F: For someone in his 30's, the hypnotism or mesmerism theme can sound a little naïve at the beginning of the movie. But, when you understand that a supernatural force might be involved, the movie gets a whole other meaning and becomes a bonafide horror movie.

Both the hero and villain are fantastic in this movie. Mamiya (Masato Hagiwara) goes without saying. His calmness is just spine chilling. Koji Yakusho, who plays Takabe, does an amazing job and he's especially good in the scene where he sees his dead wife. He was very convincing with his emotions.

K: Yap, I totally agree that the acting was amazing. I really felt uncomfortable in the presence of Miyaki, it felt like he was trying to hypnotize me too.

Better call the bathroom attendant
Proper gore.
F: So, Krasnaya, what the hell happened at the end of the movie? Who hypnotized the waitress? Was it detective Takabe, who was now hypnotized by the sounds he heard on the phonograph? This movie is worth a second watching for me. It seems like I've missed something.

K: The end of the movie leaves you with a lot of questions. I just think Kurosawa didn't have the answer either, just because this evil inside each of us never ends. So I totally recommend this slow thriller, full of philosophical dialogues and high-quality psychology.

F: I also recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good mystery, or is fascinated by serial killers. I'm looking at you Netflix viewers. Why are you so obsessed with psychopaths?

LSD will do that to you.
Great moment here.
Freddy's Score: 79/100
Krasnaya's Score: 75/100




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