|Plot Outline: “Cure” or as it is known in it’s native tongue as “Kyua” is one of the most unnerving films I’ve watched in recent memory. The film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa–no relation to Akira–deals with a puzzling string of murders involving people who seemingly remember nothing afterwards. However, there is one connection between all the murders, they all seem to have an X carved into their necks. This causes the main character, a detective–played wonderfully by Koji Yakusho–to question if there is some other force in the works.|
The truly chilling idea behind this film is gently hinted at in the background. This is a very subtle, and abstruse film dealing with the lack of motivation and the internally malicious desires we all harbor but never let out. As one character points out in the film; hypnosis can only be used to entice people to do something they already have an idea to perform. I don’t know if this will send chills down everyone’s spine like it did mine, but the notion that all the murders in this film are premeditated desires is a very creepy thought.
Dark, tragic, and ambiguous. Not the adjectives you want to use to describe a Saturday night get together flick. This isn’t going to go well with most mainstream audiences; who will find it’s long takes, wide shots, and still camera movements extremely tedious. Film buffs on the other end and people who like to be immersed in films will appreciate the realism of the settings, the dilapidated housing, the dark lighting, the ambient noises making up the soundtrack, and the foreboding atmosphere.