Filmfest 2005

CURE like SERPENT'S PATH is another disquieting fable in which one man's ethical choices gradually threaten the very fabric of the world around him (...) Critics have rightly compared Kurosawa to fellow iconoclast Takeshi Kitano, who has a similar gift for the skewed perspective. Both seem to take pleasure in changing directions on audiences and characters alike. (...) Ruthless, yes – but undisputably fun to watch, even so. And as with the rest of Kurosawa's cinematic advice, the idea here seems to be that every object lesson must, by necessity, either kill ... or cure. Toronto International Film Festival Mr. Kurosawa creates a mood of dislocated terror by keeping the audience as confused as the police. Detective Takabe, whose wife suffers from a mental illness that eerily resembles the killer's state of mind, becomes more vulnerable the closer he gets to his man. A.O. Scott, The New York Times, Aug 03, 2001

tags: Feature film

Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa


Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa