As far as serial killers stories go, "Cure" has a good, if not an entirely memorable premise. What makes it rise above as a(nother Kurosawa) masterpiece is how the director unnervingly sets his camera and actors. Kôji Yakusho and Masato Hagiwara are mesmerising. I instantly and instinctively replayed most of the long takes in confusion and awe.
I must admit that during the second half of this there was a difficult struggle between my consciousness and the void of sleep, which perhaps renders my rating superfluous. But my inability to stay in the world of the living gave this film's hypnotic mode a certain poignancy, and I was feeling pulled in both directions towards a preternatural way of being.