Enigmatic Mamoru lives alone with his poisonous but hauntingly luminous jellyfish. These attractive loners sting whoever gets too close. Yuji, an emotionally unstable young man working at the same factory, is fascinated and influenced by Mamoru. When Mamoru is arrested for murdering his boss, Yuji is devoted to taking care of his jellyfish and, befriending Mamoru’s father, he begins to open his eyes to reality. –Cannes Film Festival
Born in Kobe on July 19, 1955, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is not related to director Akira Kurosawa. After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guide of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi, where he began making 8mm films, Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films and low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza pictures. In the early 1990s, he won a scholarship to the Sundance Institute and was able to study filmmaking in the United States, although he had been directing for nearly ten years professionally.
Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his serial killer film Kyua (Cure) (1997). Also that year, Kurosawa experimented by filming two thrillers back-to-back, Serpent’s Path and Eyes of the Spider, both of which shared the same premise (a father taking revenge for his child’s murder) and lead actor (Show Aikawa) but spun entirely different stories.
Kurosawa followed up Cure with a semi-sequel… read more
Masterful direction from Kiyoshi Kurosawa and perhaps his best. It may not be something that fans of his more accessible films like Cure and Pulse would expect him to deliver next. But in a far, far future, this one belongs to the pantheon of those beloved art films that grows on you in each repeated viewing. Still this one makes Kurosawa one of the most exciting to ever happen in the new wave of Japanese filmmaking.