Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Highest Rated: 96% Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

Lowest Rated: 56% Doppelganger (2003)

Birthday: Jul 19, 1955

Birthplace: Kobe, Japan

With his signature dark, visceral aesthetic, filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa has helped build the reputation of Japan's already acclaimed horror genre. Kurosawa began directing in the 1980s with low-budget films that never gained widespread release. It wasn't until 1997's full-length feature "Cure" that he garnered the international critical acclaim that helped propel his career. After the success of "Cure," Kurosawa had the opportunity to take artistic chances: in 1998, he directed the crime films "Serpent's Path" and "Eyes of the Spider," two films that start from an identical premise but then evolve into very different stories. Kurosawa's next film, "Charisma," was another critical and commercial success, winning Best Film at the Japanese Professional Movie Awards in 2001. Later that same year, Kurosawa returned to the horror genre with the moody "Pulse," which solidified his unsettling aesthetic and drew critical comparisons to the legendary Stanley Kubrick. Based on the filmmaker's own novel, the film was as timely as it was disturbing: a modern updating of the standard ghost story, it deals in part with the suicides of young students viewed over the internet via webcam. Kurosawa continued to write and direct films through the 2000s, including "Ghost Cop," "Loft," and the extremely successful drama "Tokyo Sonata," a departure from the horror and thriller films he built his name upon.

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Filmography

Movies

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89% 59% Wife of a Spy Director,
Screenwriter
$68.8K 2020
95% 54% To the Ends of the Earth Director,
Writer
- 2019
80% 54% Before We Vanish Director,
Screenwriter
$8.1K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yocho 'Foreboding' Director - 2017
58% 54% Daguerrotype Director,
Screenwriter
- 2016
90% 57% Creepy Director,
Screenwriter
- 2016
96% 76% Hitchcock/Truffaut Self $304.9K 2015
58% 47% Journey to the Shore Director,
Screenwriter
- 2015
No Score Yet 50% Penance Director - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beautiful New Bay Area Project Director,
Screenwriter
- 2013
57% 41% Real Director,
Screenwriter
- 2013
94% 80% Tokyo Sonata Director,
Writer
$277.3K 2008
No Score Yet 39% Retribution Director,
Writer
- 2006
No Score Yet 34% Loft Director,
Screenwriter
- 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Horror Theater Director - 2005
56% 52% Doppelganger Director - 2003
73% 74% Bright Future Director $4.8K 2003
76% 60% Pulse Director,
Writer
- 2001
80% 63% Seance Director,
Screenwriter
- 2000
No Score Yet 75% Charisma Director,
Screenwriter
- 1999
No Score Yet 33% Barren Illusion Director,
Writer
- 1999
No Score Yet 93% License to Live Director,
Screenwriter
- 1999
No Score Yet 84% Serpent's Path Director - 1998
No Score Yet 91% Eyes of the Spider Director - 1998
93% 84% Cure Director,
Writer,
Writer
$94.6K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revenge: The Scar That Never Fades Director - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Revenge: A Visit From Fate Director - 1996
No Score Yet 18% The Guard from Underground Director - 1992

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Penance Director,
Writer
2012