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"Madness. Terror. Murder."

Cure is a 1997 Japanese horror film written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

A series of brutal murders start happening all over the Tokyo area. All are committed by different, unrelated people, but there are two connections: All the victims have an x-shaped wound on their throats, and none of the killers can remember committing the crime. A detective investigating the case comes across a mysterious amnesiac who seems to be near every crime...


This film contains examples of:

  • Ambiguous Ending: The film ends with Takabe seemingly inciting a waitress to commit murder, suggesting that he has been hypnotized by Mamiya into continuing his work. However, it is unclear whether this is in fact the case.
  • Arch-Enemy: Takabe has Mamiya, who spends the whole film psychologically tormenting him, and eventually drives him insane.
  • Big Bad: Kunihiko Mamiya is responsible for all the murders.
  • Brainwashed: Mamiya exposes other people to repetitive sounds to hypnotize them, implanting the suggestion to commit murders.
  • Calling Card: Each victim has an "X" carved into their bodies.
  • Defective Detective: Takabe is emotionally repressed and struggles to care for his wife, whose mental health is slowly deteriorating. This may have left him susceptible to Mamiya's manipulations.
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  • Downer Ending: Mamiya manages to completely break Takabe. This leads to the former's death, but the latter takes up his crimes.
  • Faking Amnesia: Mamiya seems to exhibit short-term memory loss, and acts constantly confused. It's all a lie to disguise his sociopathy.
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  • Psycho Psychologist: Mamiya isn't a practicing psychologist, but he was a student, and currently uses his knowledge to hypnotize others into becoming murderers.
  • Serial Killer: Kunihiko Mamiya, although he doesn't actually commit the crimes. Instead, he hypnotizes other people into doing so.
  • Shout-Out: The first scene features Takabe's wife reading "Bluebeard."
  • Slashed Throat: One of the only things tying the murders together is the "X" slashed across the throats of the victims.
  • The Sociopath: Kunihiko Mamiya, an amnesiac Serial Killer who hypnotizes people into committing the most brutal of atrocities, and loves to play mind games with the detective pursuing him.


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