Cure

1997, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 50m

54 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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"Cure" is part atmospheric crime film and part philosophical meditation. Detective Takabe (Koji Yakusho) is tracking a series of identical murders, committed under the same bizarre circumstances. Nothing seems to connect the murders and Takabe becomes increasingly frustrated...

Cast & Crew

Kôji Yakusho
Ken-ichi Takabe
Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Makoto Sakuma
Anna Nakagawa
Fumie Takabe
Masato Hagiwara
Kunio Mamiya
Kiroyuki Kato
Executive Producer
Takusho Kikumura
Director of Photography
Masao Kanazawa
Lighting
Tomoyuki Maruo
Production Designer
Hiromichi Kohri
Recording Director
Gary Shiya
Music
Kan Suzuki
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Critic Reviews for Cure

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (4)

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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