Cure

Critics Consensus

Mesmerizing and psychologically intriguing.

92%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 50

84%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 5,502
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Movie Info

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.

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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Audience Reviews for Cure

  • Jan 01, 2014
    Sometimes, minds can kill. Cure is a Japanese thriller about a series of murder committed by various people yet the methods were the same. The only link was a mentally unstable man found near the crime scenes. Cure was dark and psychologically intriguing but could have moved faster with the pace. Definitely a film that will leave you thinking afterwards.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    Compelling mind-twisting serial killer(?) puzzle. Feature films that are capable of transcending their own genre are admirable for their accomplishments. What starts as a regular detective thriller unravels into a complex exploration of self discovery and the definition of the own identity. Heidegger would empathize with Kurosawa, perhaps, as the answer can only be found at the end of the path to Grace. 86/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    Japanese murder-thriller as an un-connected group of people suddenly take to murder in a similar and unexpected fashion. Not as blood-thirsty as I feared or as gripping as I hoped, but the culprit deserves all the retribution he gets, not for his heinous crimes but for being so damned annoyingly smug throughout the film .
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2009
    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.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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