The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival


Revisit a pioneering landmark of J-horror with Cure, a noir-influenced psychological thriller from Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

Takabe is an emotionally withdrawn detective tasked with investigating a most peculiar string of homicides. In each instance, the victims are found to have a large X carved into their necks, and the alleged perpetrators readily confess to the murders but are never able to adequately explain why they committed them. Teaming up with psychologist Sakuma, Takabe endeavors to get to the bottom of this mystery and find the true party behind these horrific acts.

Cited by Bong Joon-ho as one of the greatest films of all time, Cure remains as disturbing and gripping as it was when it first came out.


“‘Cure’ is a true masterpiece that transcends the borders of the J-horror by combining it with a number of philosophical comments, while Kurosawa’s trait of creating imposing atmospheres finds its apogee here. A must-see for every fan of cinema.” — Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse

“Cure is one of those rare films that truly gets under the viewer’s skin.” — Michelle Kisner, The Movie Sleuth

“The single best horror film I’ve seen this century.” — Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness