New trailer for 4K restoration of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Horror ‘Cure’
by Alex Billington
September 26, 2021
“People like to think a crime makes sense. But most of them don’t.” Criterion Collection has launched a new trailer for a 4K restoration and re-release of the Japanese horror masterpiece called Cure, from filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa. This originally premiered in 1997 and starred at the Tokyo Film Festival, San Francisco & Toronto Film Festivals, although it never had a release in the West until 2001. Praised by Martin Scorsese, it is a “hypnotic and psychological” cinema experience that is “partly atmospheric crime and partly philosophical meditation. “The story follows a detective who investigates a series of gruesome murders, where an X is cut in the neck of each victim and the killer is found near the victim of each case and remembers nothing of the crime. The film plays stars K Yji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa, and Masato Hagiwara. As always, there’s no better time than to catch up on a movie like this than now — whether you have the opportunity to watch it on the big screen or get a Blu-ray when it’s out. Need more convincing? Take a look below.
Here is the new 4K restoration trailer (+ poster) for Kiyoshi Kurosawa Cure, directly from YouTube:
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s enchanting international breakthrough established him as one of the leaders of the new wave of Japanese horror, while pushing the genre into unknown areas of philosophical and existential exploration. A series of shocking, seemingly unmotivated murders – each committed by a different person, yet carrying the same cruel characteristics – lead Detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho) into a labyrinthine investigation to discover what connects them, and into a disturbing play with cat and mouse with an enigmatic amnesiac (Masato Hagiwara) that can be viciously incarnated. In a mood of subdued, hypnotic fear, Cure is a tour de force of psychological suspense and a hallucinatory journey into the darkest recesses of the human mind. Cure is both written and directed by the prolific Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, his tenth feature film at the time it was made, after his two the revenge movie. It first premiered at the Tokyo Film Festival in 1997. Criterion releases the new 4K restoration of Cure at select American theaters (NYC first) starting it October 1, 2021 this fall before it hits Blu-ray shortly after.
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