Tag Archives: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Kôrei / Seance (2000) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kôji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Drama, Horror, Thriller
A psychic housewife and her husband become burdened with a kidnapped girl who escaped her assailant. Junko will not let her husband call the hospital or the police for purely selfish reasons. The girl dies while still in their house and her ghost begins to haunt not only Junko but also her husband, Sato (Koji Yakusho).
Kyua / Cure (1997) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Crime, Horror, Mystery
A wave of gruesome murders is sweeping Tokyo. The only connection is a bloody X carved into the neck of each of the victims. In each case, the murderer is found near the victim and remembers nothing of the crime. Detective Takabe and psychologist Sakuma are called in to figure out the connection, but their investigation goes nowhere. An odd young man is arrested near the scene of the latest murder, who has a strange effect on everyone who comes into contact with him. Detective Takabe starts a series of interrogations to determine the man’s connection with the killings.
Ôinaru gen’ei / Barren Illusion (1999) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Shinji Aoyama, Shirô Atami, Shingo Ichizawa, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
The female lead, a postal worker, is shown involved in activities (in two different scenes) which surely would result in her death–jumping off a building and being severely beaten by a gang of thugs. Yet in each case, she’s shown in the immediately following scene alive and whole. How can one die when one does not really live?”
Dopperugengâ / Doppelganger (2003) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kôji Yakusho, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Hayasaki is an inventor working on an Artificial Body. It is not going well and he is stressed out and on the verge of being fired from the research division of his company. His doppelganger appears to help him out of the rut he has created for himself.
Kumo no hitomi / Eyes of the Spider (1998) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Shô Aikawa, Duncan, Ren Ôsugi, Crime, Thriller
Eyes of the Spider concerns Nijima, a white-collar worker who one day finds the man responsible for his young daughter’s brutal rape and murder. He tortures and interrogates the man, who maintains his innocence, before killing and burying him. He returns to his ordinary life feeling listless and hollow, until he meets an old high school friend who introduces him to his hapless band of hired killers. His skill in the assassination business catches the attention of a bigger crime boss. For reasons that remain opaque, Nijima is assigned to investigate his friend, which ultimately results in a bloody confrontation.
Ningen gôkaku / License to Live (1998) Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Shun Sugata, Lily, Drama, Comedy
Yutaka was fourteen years old when he was run over by a car and fell into a coma. Now, ten years later, he wakes up and realizes that his family is not intact anymore: father, mother and sister live at different places. Yutaka decides to re-open the pony farm that his family once ran.
Hebi no michi / Serpent’s Path (1998) Shô Aikawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Shiro Shitamoto, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Crime
Serpent’s Path and its companion piece Eyes of the Spider (Kumo No Hitomi) both start from the same premise: a man taking revenge for the murder of a child. Kurosawa used this premise as the jumping-off point for the two films rather than their definition, resulting in a pair of works which are not so much occupied with revenge, but with the mental processes of human beings in situations that have placed them outside everyday life.