Kyua : Kiyoshi Kurosawa : Japan 1997 : 111 mins
The film that introduced the world to a new Japanese master named Kurosawa. But while the legendary Akira never bothered with horror, his namesake Kiyoshi pushes the genre in dazzling new directions. The basic plot of Cure reads like a cross between Se7en and Heat: a sophisticated, seasoned, world-weary cop (Koji Yakusho) with a troubled homelife is baffled by a series of inexplicable, violent murders. But for Kurosawa this is only a starting-point to explore Japans doomy, Sarin-haunted millennial zeitgeist with a coolly detached, technically dazzling urban style that’s reminiscent of Heat auteur Michael Mann. From the startlingly violent opening titles its clear were in the hands of a master director in complete control of his chosen medium one who pays as much attention to sound as visuals. Even his most ardent fans will, however, concede that Kurosawa isn’t quite so accomplished on the script side it may take several viewings to work out exactly whats going in the latter stages. But the lengthy final shot is arguably the most remarkable in all recent cinema.
28th September, 2002
(seen on DVD, 27th July)
For a more in depth review of Cure click here.
by Neil Young