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Day 14: Cure (1997)

By Sam Reeve

I’m growing ever-thankful for my decision to run Japanese Horror Month, as it has lead me to some pretty amazing movies. Today’s film Cure is right up at the top of the list. Written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a notable Japanese horror director.

A series of murders in Tokyo have left Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma baffled: Each murder is the same, with the victim having an X carved into their neck, but the murderer is always found nearby and is a different person. Each person admits to having committed the murder, but seems confused about their motivation.

Eventually they find a strange, wandering amnesiac who was with one of the latest murderers. They are able to conect him to the other crimes, and start to realize that this man has a strange effect on all who meet him…

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT: This is an absolutely fantastic movie, filled with a lot of eerie moments and one that leaves you thinking about it for days afterwards. It builds very slowly, and the pacing of the movie overall is slow, but it suits the content perfectly well: the strange man Mamiya is so calm and seemingly peaceful, yet also threatening.

I won’t give away why exactly Mamiya is linked to the murders, but it’s creepy, and though the ending was very slightly predictable, it was nevertheless satisfying.

Cure reminded me a bit of Se7en, and was just as good, so if that’s a film you enjoyed I would highly recommend a viewing of this one.

Below I’ve posted the full movie with English subtitles. Enjoy!


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