The characters in this film are well done. One thing I found especially interesting is that several motifs and images that would become very familiar in J-Horror were already present in Cure, especially the prominent use of water, usually over-spilling or dripping. And the Spanish Blu-ray release of the film is nothing to write home about 25 interlaced frames per second for some reason. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Cure does pretty much the same thing with the serial killer thriller, employing but playing with and subverting several of the cliches that had become well worn by the year of its release 1997, The Silence Of The Lambs having given birth to loads of similar films with only Seven really trying something a bit different.
But eventually they catch up with him and the second half of the film is quite different, the murders mostly stopping but matters getting progressively more dark and disturbing. Photo: Janine Tschuncky Kenneth George Godwin, Film Editor I have been editing a wide range of film and video projects, both documentary and drama, for two-and-a-half decades. Takabe brings in psychologist Makoto Sakuma Tsuyoshi Ujiki, The 8-Tomb Village to help him with the case and this is where things start to get really interesting. Director: Writer: Starring: , , , ». And then he finds an old cylinder phonograph, holding out the hope that we will finally hear some crucial piece of information — but the scratchy, skipping voice gives us only word fragments which convey nothing.
The killing is shown at a distance, as indeed are most of them, or just after the event — though gore hounds have some convincingly gruesome corpses to look forward to. In fact, it remained so enigmatic that it felt like an assault on the audience by a director at war with commercial conventions. In fact a great deal of the film takes place with the camera observing from far away, something that may take some getting used to but which begins to have an oddly unsettling effect. Here he has a final meeting with Mamiya, who has escaped custody. Photographs or pictures can be part of these historical records, deemed fair use and are only a part of the complete work, but copyrights are owned by their respective creators or right holders. Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man's connection with the killings.
The movie is well executed by the actors and crew. The catalogue description was intriguing — and slightly teasing — but the actual experience of watching the film proved frustrating. However, I was pleasantly surprised at the movie as a whole. But each October passes with no Cure announcement from Criterion. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Incidentally, I did not care for the sequels. No one is immune to this killer! Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man's connection with the killings.
Released to critical acclaim in both the East and the West, Cure was a breakthrough film for director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a nerve shredding thriller about the hunt for a serial killer in a bleak and decaying Tokyo. This film set me on the search for the Holy Grail of terror, something that could wipe clean the trauma that this film induced in me as a kid. Elsewhere the film presents some thought-provoking ideas, such as there not always being a reason for why criminals commit criminal acts and it often being futile to search for one — or indeed to search for meaning in existence altogether. The technical elements of the film are astounding. That's not to say I don't enjoy a bit of blood and gore every now and again though, and am also a huge fan of Italian horror, I just love the style. The person each murderer kills speaks to a pent up frustration. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere.
In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. As I ponder more upon its hugely haunting effect, I was reminded very strongly of how — for us lovers of this genre — watching horror films can be a kind of exorcism, or at least a possibly subconscious way dealing with our demons. It is, by all means, adequate for the venue and the genre. From there Kurosawa has had quite a few other largely undisputed masterpieces for his relatively short career that began in the 80s. After all, if we happen to be walking by and see someone being pushed out of a window to their death, we will see the event from a distance and probably not even face on unless we are incredibly quick. Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man's connection with the killings.
One especially good scene has him getting a woman doctor to kill someone by bringing forth her feminist instincts. He tries to communicate with her, to reassure her that they can resume a normal life, but she keeps drifting further away. Identity is at the core of the horror in Cure, characters are asked who they are and they are defined by their occupation, through their choice. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. The next Kurosawa film I saw was , which is also elliptical and enigmatic, but in its disturbing evocation of a not-quite-comprehensible apocalypse it provided more familiar genre satisfactions. Jason Suzuki is co-editor to Cinema Adrift.
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. Meanwhile, even in custody Mamiya continues to spread his infection, causing more ritual murders. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. 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. For the man Mamiya meets on the beach it is his wife. Maybe any one of us could become a killer if influenced in the right way? But overall a good, gripping survival thriller.
Projects I have worked on have screened — and won awards — at festivals around the world. However, each one of them has come into contact with a strange man, identified as Mamiya from a tag on his coat. I was looking forward to viewing another film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa after watching and reviewing his Pulse last year, also released by Eureka Entertainment, and so here I am after watching what is possibly his most other most acclaimed film Cure. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. Western cinema — especially American cinema — still has such a singular obsession with narrative and exposition, and Kurosawa demonstrates with this film how limiting that can be. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. Crime Horror Mystery Thriller A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo.