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.
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Rewatched on a whim. Still KK's best, I think. A murder mystery that questions the ideas of motive, ethics, identity, even consciousness (and by extension, reality) itself. Once those are gone, we're gone.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa announced himself as a major voice in cinema with this unsettling psychological horror film that turns the serial killer genre on its head. "Cure" totally works as a thriller, but is more interesting in how Kurosawa uses this framework to reveal that society's carefully maintained sense of identity is not as secure as we like to think. This is a film terrifying in its existential implications.
Although K.Kurosawa's other J-horror flicks are somewhat laughable, I have long asserted that this is hands down (IMO) the scariest, creepiest movie that I have ever seen. It gets under my skin unlike any other horror film with its cool, quiet detachment and conscious decision to under-dramatize the violence. He and Yakusho have a knack for tapping the hidden, deep-seated resentments that drive people. SCARY.
the most scariest supernatural power is in inside all of us, perfectly crafted repetitions and powerful evaluation of psychological hysteria in Tokyo suburbia, Kiyoshi already cemented himself as the master of craft from this film