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INTERVIEW: Kurosawa's "Cure" for the Common Horror Film

INTERVIEW: Kurosawa's "Cure" for the Common Horror Film

by Ryan Mottesheard



(indieWIRE/ 08.01.01) -- Even though it was made three years ago, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's horror film "Cure" may just be the best film you'll see all year. Not Best Film in that Oscar-grubbing sort of way, nor in that self-serving art film mode that many foreign or Indiewood 'auteurs' seem to be overreaching for. No, "Cure" mines a much different road -- a road along which you might find Fritz Lang or Edgar Allan Poe taking their evening strolls.


In Kurosawa's world, no one is safe, least of all his protagonist. As Tokyo cop Takabe (Koji Yakusho of "Shall We Dance?") begins to fear everyday objects such as a glass of water, a lighter, a washing machine, so do we. We also begin to question the strength of our own moral compass (though this doesn't really happen till after you leave the theater). And ultimately, Kurosawa points out the difference between comfortable horror films and uncomfortable ones (to which "Cure" certainly belongs).


indieWIRE sat down with Kiyoshi Kurosawa to talk about genre filmmaking, medium shots and freaking out an audience at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles where Kurosawa was in town to attend a traveling retrospective of his work (other stops include Boston and New York). "Cure" is currently playing in Los Angeles and opens this Friday in New York, through Cowboy Booking International.








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