Steve Clark (ihatemovies) wrote,
Steve Clark

Cure (second viewing)

About a year ago, I watched this, and I was rather impressed. Unfortunately, I was also rather tired. Though I tried hard to stay awake, I was fazing in and out of consiousness throughout the film. As a result, I didn't really understand a lot of it. This time, I was fully awake and able to enjoy the whole thing without losing consiousness. As a result, I still didn't really understand a lot of it.

A man hits a hooker over the head with a pipe and cuts a large X into her neck and chest. It's the third such killing in two months, but the police don't have any trouble finding the killer. He's right there at the scene of the crime, just like the perpetrators of the other two killings. The killers have nothing in common, except for the crime. And none of them really understand why they did it. Then, a man meets an amnesiac on the beach and takes him home, wanting to help him. The next day, the man jumps out of a window, having just killed his wife. He carved an X into her neck. The amnesiac wanders into other people's lives, asking questions, unable to hold onto information for more than a few seconds, but somehow able to see inside people's minds.

It's certainly impressive, the cinematography, the mood, the story, but I get the feeling that I'm just missing something. I don't understand the ending. Usually, I don't have that problem, but I just can't get around it. It's driving me nuts. What the hell does it mean?

Anyway, I'm very interested in seeing more from Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
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