Cure (1997)


A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. 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. Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man’s connection with the killings.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa. AKA キュアKyua
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa, Yoriko Dôguchi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Denden, Ren Osugi, Masahiro Toda, Misayo Haruki, Shun Nakayama, Akira Ôtaka, Shôgo Suzuki, Toshi Kato, Hajime Tanimoto.


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  1. Wolfgang Jahn
    June 18, 2022

    1:27:40 I agree to that! The less one works, the better life is. Working hard leads to nothing. Have you ever thought what is the reward for doing a lot of good work? It is: you will get more work! THAT is the “reward”.

    One has to do the work sloppy, slowly and unsuccessfully (but without being fired), then you will really be rewarded by … getting LESS work!


  2. Wolfgang Jahn
    June 18, 2022

    1:47:06 ?? I don’t understand … does anybody?

  3. Wolfgang Jahn
    June 18, 2022

    I’ve just finished this and I am a bit unpleasantly surprised. It’s got a 7,4 rating in the imdb, which is a rating where one usually can expect a very good movie (usually, but not always), but this leaves me puzzled. It ain’t bad, but it ain’t good either.

    So I wrestled for the word to put my feelings in regards of this movie and I’m coming up with … unconvincing. Yes, for me this movie is unconvincing. The story as a whole is unconvincing, the character of the “evil” is – for me – unconvincing, and the police detective is … well … not as unconvincing as the aforementioned, but still … unconvincing. I can’t exactly say why, but it seems a bit far-fetched, the hypnoticing and the total lack of any plausible motive, hm …

    And as a hard fact, it is too long, 90 minutes would have done the job as well. Midle part slacks.

    6/10 at best.

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