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Blanche avatar 8:16 AM on 12.11.2012  (server time)
Foreign Bodies: Cure (1997)

In this (If I can get around to it) weekly series, we take a look at a(n) movie/anime/import game that is either good, interesting or just plain bad, but will either way be a product that represents the great country of Japan.

Today we are are looking at a film that has always been one of my favorites, 'Cure'. 'Cure' was made in 1997 and was directed by the great Kiroshi Kurosawa (popularized later in his career by J-horror classic 'Pulse').

Detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho) is trying to solve the case of a series of murders where the deaths of each person is indistinguishable from the last, but the murders are done by different people. It's only when he finds a mysterious man named Mamiya (played brilliantly by Masato Hagiwara) when Detective Takabe's life truly starts spiraling out of control.

Part of what makes 'Cure' so great is the fact that it takes its' core concept and explores it for all it's worth. I don't want to mention the clever things it does specifically in case of spoilers, but once all the little twists and surprises unravel to you on screen, it's nothing short of genius.

Another thing that makes this movie great is the hypnotic (you'll know what I mean by hypnotic once you see the movie) and just plain unnerving nature about it. Most of that would be due to the help of the sound design in this movie. In most dialogue heavy scenes, you can usually hear a home appliance in the background. For example, in one of the interrogation scenes, one of the most prominent sounds in the scene is a fan, and for some reason or another, it just gives the scene a whole other sense of reality all the while keeping it rooted in it's unnerving, atmospheric horror/thriller universe.

I could honestly go on and on about how much of a masterpiece this film is. I honestly hold it up there with 'Memento' as the smartest, most creative thriller of all time. Accuse me of hyperbolising all want, because that won't stop me from taking it off my top 30 movies of all time. I seriously think it's physically impossible for me to recommend this any higher.

Please, please watch this movie. It excels at everything it's trying to be and to me every frame of this movie is near perfect. Especially the final one. The movie definitely isn't for everyone, but hey, it could just be for you.

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