Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cure (1997)

Daiei (Japan)
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Home Vision Entertainment)

A series of grisly murders in Tokyo frustrate a police detective and psychologist. A killer is caught, but he has no memory of why he did it. The police detective theorizes he was hypnotized, which leads them to arrest a young man who had contact with each victim. However, he does not break under intense interrogation, instead claiming short term memory loss and questioning the interrogators. A long lost videotape provides a vital clue to his past. Slow, brooding film fits together like an intricate puzzle with layers of hidden meaning, but hinges on the acceptance of hypnotism as a real phenomenon. If you don't believe in it, the whole thing falls apart.

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