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542 Ratings


Directed by Joji Koyama, Tujiko Noriko
Germany, United Kingdom, 2017


Romi, a Japanese woman living in Paris, works in a karaoke bar. At home in the suburbs, she tends to her paraplegic lover Milou. To pass the time she recounts to him a story alluding to a period they once spent together in Japan.

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Kuro Directed by Joji Koyama, Tujiko Noriko

Critics reviews

While so much of the dreck here expects nothing of its viewer, Kuro’s DIY varnish and idiosyncratic storytelling is further proof that not every story needs to look, sound or be the same. Kuro treats its viewer as active participants, refusing to conform complacent modes of storytelling created by continuity editing.
January 28, 2017
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The result is a creepy experiment in nonlinear storytelling that successfully blurs reality, memory, and fantasy.
May 24, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Joaquín Font's rating of the film Kuro

    Un poema que es una historia de amor triste y bellísima o una historia de amor hermosa y desamparada que es también un poema.

  • Korial's rating of the film Kuro

    I am in awe. This movie can be placed in the interstice between literature and cinema. In a symbiotic process, the narration of a fantasy tale is enriched by its visual representation, and at the same time images are given a meaning by means of the narration itself. It is like seeing what you usually imagine while reading a novel. A well crafted experiment!

  • Krish sanghvi's rating of the film Kuro

    There are two stories being told, one through film, the other through narration. Both are similar and different. Often, if you look hard enough, both will have something similar in each frame/ sentence. Now, what if both were the same story represented in different ways? What if the narrator was unreliably narrating the visual story? This film isn’t just stunning to watch, but also to listen to! Hauntingly poetic.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Kuro

    Great - and contrasting - poetic storytelling through cinematography, sound and words.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Kuro

    The cognitive dissonance caused by the disconnect between what we read (and thus imagine) and what we see on the screen is incredibly effective. It is also very taxing. Especially because Romi's account is truly terrifying. As brutal as Takashi Miike's Audition, with elements of body horror that one would expect in an early Cronenberg's movie, the unseen film is terrifying precisely because it remains *unseen*.

  • Katya Kazbek's rating of the film Kuro

    Delightfully disturbing. Once in a while I see a film or read a book, or hear a song the atmosphere of which is so dark, menacing, and absurdly hilarious that I instantly fall in love. This is one of such cases. The video narration shows a woman who cares for her paraplegic lover and is sinking deep into grief. The audio narration tells a very peculiar story with the same characters. And there's a bottle of warts.

  • YellowDog's rating of the film Kuro

    I would’ve liked to see this as a short film. I followed it closely but around two-thirds of the way though, the characters and plot sort of ceased to mean anything to me. Everything became to abstracted and visually dull/lifeless that the charisma that the movie started with was gone. Not to sound too critical. It’s an ambitious concept— and that it stopped resonating with me is just my personal reaction.

  • Sarah's rating of the film Kuro

    I couldn't get through more than ten minutes of it. The eyes were rolling hard. Perhaps it's one of those that develops slowly. Name five movies that are great despite developing as the speed of drying paint. 1. Wings of Desire 2. nope. Just Wings. There are no more. What were these people thinking? The little I saw was heavily ponderous and and ineffectively so. BORING!