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Cure (1998)

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Critic Consensus: Mesmerizing and psychologically intriguing.

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This psychological drama presents Tokyo detective Takabe who is investigating murders in which victims have a large "X" on their chests -- while amnesiac killers are found near the site. Police suspect the unstable, psychiatric student Mimiya of implanting hypnotic suggestions into victims minds to commit the crimes.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
Runtime:
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Cast

Koji Yakusho
as Ken-ichi Takabe
Masato Hagiwara
as Kunio Mamiya
Tsuyoshi Ujiki
as Makoto Sakuma
Anna Nakagawa
as Fumie Takabe
Doguchi Yoriko
as Dr. Miyajima
Denden
as Oida
Ren Osugi
as Fujiwara
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Critic Reviews for Cure

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (13)

It's unsatisfying as a story precisely because it aspires to create a mounting sense of dread by enlarging questions rather than answering them.

Full Review… | October 17, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Tone and atmosphere mirror subject to perfection in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's hypnotic trip into the lower depths of the human mind.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

It's well enough acted and directed to advance Kurosawa's claim to be taken as an important new voice in Japanese cinema.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Tough to shake even when it feels more like an exercise than a movie.

Full Review… | June 6, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.

January 3, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Cure has a cumulative power of horror which even seasoned filmgoers will not be able to resist.

Full Review… | October 8, 2001
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cure

A detective seeks to solve a series of murders committed by ordinary people, each of whom has come into contact with an amnesiac. Very strange psychohorror taking place largely in the subconscious; nice creepy atmosphere, but it fails to build to a satisfying climax, with the final scene being a particular letdown.

366weirdmovies
Greg S

Super Reviewer

excellent hypnotic serial killer thriller. this is the creepiest film i've seen in some time. much better than average j-horror.

rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

On another level than homogenized japanese horror films, Cure is an involving crime drama and a moody thriller about serial killings committed through the power of suggestion. The lack of music during key scenes of violence is a bit unsettling as is the use of ambient sound during other scenes which add to the infectious, hypnotic theme.

It's far too subtle for the die-hard horror crowd and too unconventional and violent for the art house crowd. Unclouded by narrative reassurance for morality themes such as good guy/bad guy found in Seven or Silence of the Lambs. If you enjoy deep, dark, traumatic, thoughtful psychological drama at its most heavy, tense and serious, Cure is for you.

DrBenway
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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