Cure (1998)


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.


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
as Oida
Ren Osugi
as Fujiwara
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Critic Reviews for Cure

All Critics (50) | 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.

Oct 17, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

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

Jun 6, 2002 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A fascinating artifact as well as a most engrossing thriller.

Jan 3, 2002

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

Oct 8, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Greg S
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.

Stella Dallas
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. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

Frustrating at times, and yet, hard not to pay attention to it. I can't say i got everything that K.Kurosawa wanted to say, but it kept me watching it all the way with both eyes and ears wide open. Koji-san performance is rock solid as usual.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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