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Cure (1997)

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

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Kenichi Takabe
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Kunio Mamiya
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Makoto Sakuma
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Fumie Takabe
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Dr. Akiko Miyajima
Yukijirô Hotaru ...
Ichiro Kuwano
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Oida
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Tôru Hanaoka
Misayo Haruki ...
Tomoko Hanaoka
Shun Nakayama ...
Kimura
Akira Ohtaka ...
Yasukawa
Shôgo Suzuki ...
Tamura
Toshi Kato ...
Psychiatrist
Hajime Tanimoto ...
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A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. An odd young man is arrested near the scene of the latest murder, who has a strange effect on everyone who comes into contact with him. Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man's connection with the killings. Written by Todd K. Bowman <tkbowman@aol.com>

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JPY 1,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,879, 6 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$94,596, 9 December 2001
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In Japan, they drive on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. In every scene in this picture that's the case - except one. When the detective leaves in his car to go to the hospital because Mimiya has turned up there, the steering wheel is on the left and he drives on the right side of the road. See more »

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Dark and Gloomy Horror Film of Obsession
22 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

The police detective Kenichi Takabe (Kôji Yakusho) is investigating bizarre murders where the victims are brutally murdered with an X carved on the neck. However, each killer is immediately arrested and confesses the murder, but cannot explain the motives to kill the victim. Takabe is working with the psychologist Makoto Sakuma (Tsuyoshi Ujiki) and they are intrigued since the all the killers had contact with a stranger immediately before the murder. Takabe is a troubled man since his mentally unstable wife Fumie (Anna Nakagawa) is a burden in his life. When a physician kills a man in a public restroom, Takabe discloses the identity of the stranger. He is the intern of the hospital Kunio Mamiya (Masato Hagiwara) that had consultation with the doctor. Mamiya is a dazed and confused man with apparent loss of memory and his behavior affects Takabe. His further investigation discovers that he has studied hypnotism and is capable to input suggestion to kill in the mind of his victims. Takabe becomes obsessed by the case affecting his personal life and indicating that he is losing his mind.

"Cure" is a dark and gloomy horror film with a story of obsession. The plot is a combination of thriller, crime and horror genres with an open conclusion. The direction and the performances are top notch and the murders are gruesome. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'Cura" ("Cure")


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