Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Highest Rated: 100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)

Lowest Rated: 11% Pulse (2006)

Birthday: Jul 19, 1955

Birthplace: Not Available

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's films are unique in the film world. They are genre flicks that seem to defy the confines of genre. They are philosophical treatises on the individual in society, often as brilliant as they are obscure, though they still manage to thrill, amuse, and entertain. Widely regarded as one of the most talented filmmakers of New Japanese Cinema (other such directors include Shinji Somai, Takashi Miike, and Nobuhiro Suwa), Kurosawa is a bold new voice in World Cinema.Born in Kobe in 1955, Kurosawa (no relation to Akira Kurosawa) studied film under noted theorist Shigehiko Hasumi at Rikkyo University. An avid amateur 8mm filmmaker since high school, Kurosawa's short film Shigarami was selected as part of the 1981 PIA Film Festival, a prestigious showcase for young talent in Japan. From there, he landed a job as assistant director with Shinji Somai. In 1983, he directed his first feature, The Kandagawa Wars. He first garnered critical attention with his next effort, The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl, starring actor-turned-director Juzo Itami. Though financed as a pink eiga -- the soft-core porn genre that dominated much of the Japanese domestic market through the 1970s -- the film defiantly skews hard and fast categorization. Sex scenes are intercut with extended discussion on philosophy. Stylistically, the film bares more commonality with Jean-Luc Godard and Seijun Suzuki than with mainstream pinku directors like Noboru Tanaka. Since then, he steadily gained cult recognition for his films, particularly for his Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself series.His big break came with the supernatural crime thriller Cure (1997). Enigmatic, creepy, and genuinely frightening, Cure wowed audiences with its intensity and impressed intellectuals with its postmodern exploration of identity. Moreover, the film garnered a great deal of critical buzz on the festival circuit, including Toronto, Rotterdam, and San Francisco. Star Koji Yakusho won Best Actor at the Tokyo Film Festival. Kurosawa's subsequent films have all displayed his trademark elusiveness and have served to bolster his profile. License to Live (1998) which he wrote with the help of a Sundance Institute Scholarship, was screened at the Berlin Film Festival, while Charisma (1999) was invited to be screened the Director's Week section at Cannes. That same year, his work was showcased as a part of the Toronto Film Festival's Director's Spotlight. On the heels of the low-key drama Barren Illusions and the made for television frightener Seance, Kurosawa crafted Pulse, a slow-burn apocalyptic shocker that many considered to the one of the best horror films of the decade. A quiet, deliberate, and notably restrained tale of dread that would ultimately have all subtlety sapped for a rambunctious American re-make, Pulse spoke soulfully to many modern viewers who felt that their human connection had been woefully lost in the endless quest for technological convenience. Though such subsequent efforts as the existential drama Bright Future and the comedic thriller Doppleganger wouldn't be recieved with nearly as much enthusiasm as Pulse, the tireless director continued to challenge audiences with his philosophically-minded films and soon returned to the realm of horror with The Loft (2005). As with any semi-successful Japanese horror films in the early years of the new millennium, an American remake was quickly announced. When he is not making movies, Kurosawa teaches at the newly formed Film School of Tokyo.

Highest Rated Movies



92% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) Screenwriter Director 2019
79% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) Screenwriter Director 2018
91% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) Screenwriter Director 2016
43% Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) Director Screenwriter 2016
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut Actor $0.4M 2015
57% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) Director 2015
No Score Yet Mr. X Actor 2014
57% Riaru: Kanzen naru kubinagaryû no hi (Real) Director 2014
No Score Yet Sebunsu kôdo (Seventh Code) Director Screenwriter 2013
94% Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) Screenwriter Director $0.2M 2009
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows Actor 2007
No Score Yet Sakebi (Retribution) Director Screenwriter 2007
11% Pulse Screenwriter $20.3M 2006
74% Pulse (Kairo) Screenwriter Director 2005
No Score Yet Rofuto (Loft) Screenwriter Director 2005
71% Bright Future Screenwriter Director 2004
50% Doppelganger (Dopperugengâ) Director 2003
No Score Yet Serpent's Path Director 2001
80% Seance Screenwriter Director 2000
No Score Yet Charisma Screenwriter Director 2000
No Score Yet Ôinaru gen'ei (Barren Illusions) Director 1999
No Score Yet Ningen gokaku (License to Live) Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet Barren Illusion Screenwriter Director 1999
92% Cure Director Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet Hebi no Michi (Serpent's Path) Director 1998
No Score Yet Kumo no hitomi (Eyes of the Spider) Director 1998
No Score Yet The Revenge: A Scar That Never Dissapears (Fukushu the Revenge Kienai Kizuato) Director 1997
No Score Yet The Guard from Underground Director 1992
No Score Yet Mikadroid - Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla Actor 1991
No Score Yet Sûîto Homu (Sweet Home) Director 1989


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