Released to critical acclaim in both the East and the West, Cure was a breakthrough film for director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a nerve shredding thriller about the hunt for a serial killer in a bleak and decaying Tokyo.
A series of murders have been committed by ordinary people who claim to have had no control over their horrifying actions. Following the only link a mysterious stranger who had brief contact with each perpetrator and their victim detective Kenichi Takabe ( Kôji Yakusho, 13 Assassins, Tokyo Sonata) places his own sanity on the line as he tries to end the wave of inexplicable terror.
Described as one of the greatest films of all time by Bong Joon-ho ( The Host, Snowpiercer), Cure is a deeply unsettling masterpiece of its genre, and has shockingly been unavailable on home video in the UK until now. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Cure in a special Dual Format edition.
DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES
Limited Edition O-card [2000 copies First Print Run Only]
1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
Original Japanese Stereo audio (Uncompressed LPCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles
Kiyoshi Kurosawa on Cure (17 mins) a new video interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
A new video interview with critic & author Kim Newman
An archival interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Original theatrical trailer
A collector s booklet featuring an essay by Tom Mes
‘There are startling images and moments in this picture that will haunt you for a long time to come… it s not for the faint of heart. But be brave, because it s worth it. Kurosawa is a major filmmaker –Martin Scorsese
With its gift for infusing uneasiness into every frame, Kurosawa’s moody, unnerving film continues to spook us even after the lights have gone on –LA Times
Kiyoshi Kurosawa s breakthrough, Cure (1997), established its director as the most original horror stylist since John Carpenter… Style-wise, Kurosawa ditches familiar horror-movie tropes shock cuts, crescendoing music in favour of elliptic editing, ambiguous action, and long, widely framed takes –The A. V. Club