films seen
38
average score
2.88*
nationality
Japan - 65 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Kurosawa started out directing pinkus, got big riding the Japanese horror wave and excelled with his more dramatic output. He's impossible to pigeon-hole, but still manages to have a clear signature that binds the whole of his oeuvre together.

The good stuff

Loft

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Rofuto
Specifics
Japan, South Korea [2005] - 115m
Genre
Horror
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Loft poster

Bright Future

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Akarui Mirai
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 92m
Genre
Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Bright Future poster

Eyes of the Spider

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kumo no Hitomi
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 83m
Genre
Crime
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Eyes of the Spider poster

The soundtrack is nice, the rhythm of the film is pretty unique and the bold approach to cutting up the story line is a refreshing change. Kurosawa proves himself an interesting director.

Solid pieces

Creepy

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kurîpî: Itsuwari no Rinjin
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 130m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Creepy poster

The Woman in the Silver Plate

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Le Secret de la Chambre Noire
Specifics
Japan, Belgium [2016] - 131m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Woman in the Silver Plate poster

Journey to the Shore

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kishibe no Tabi
Specifics
Japan, France [2015] - 127m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Fantasy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Journey to the Shore poster

Real

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Riaru: Kanzen Naru Kubinagaryû no Hi
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 127m
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Real poster

Tokyo Sonata

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Tôkyô Sonata
Specifics
Japan, Hong Kong [2008] - 120m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Tokyo Sonata poster

Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Bug's House

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Umezu Kazuo: Kyôfu Gekijô - Mushi-tachi no Ie
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 51m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Bug's House poster

Barren Illusion

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Ôinaru Gen'ei
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 95m
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi, Romance
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Barren Illusion poster

Charisma

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Karisuma
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 104m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Charisma poster

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Hero

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Katte ni Shiyagare!! Eiyu Keikaku
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 83m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Hero poster

Remarkable TV film from Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Strong performances from Sho Aikawa, Susumu Terajima and Ren Osugi, combined with a wacky plot make for surprisingly fun film. The styling is bland, to be expected from a TV production, but the cast and plot make well up for that.

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Loot

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Katte ni Shiyagare!! Ôgon Keikaku
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 80m
Genre
Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Loot poster

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Nouveau Riche

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Katte ni Shiyagare!! Narikin Keikaku
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 81m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Nouveau Riche poster

Fifth entry in Kurosawa's Suit Yourself series, the final one for me. One of the better ones too, with flashes of Miike and Kitano that bring some extra flair to the film. The setup and vibe should be familiar by now, Kurosawa doesn't change too much there, he just puts his main characters in a different situation.

Aikawa and Maeda run into a girl who just happened upon a trunk full of heroin. They come up with a plan to sell the drugs and in no time they have a couple of buyers lined up. They try to take advantage by driving up the price, but the people they're dealing with aren't really happy when they find out they're being played.

Aikawa and Maeda's schemes to get rich are pretty fun, the comedy is goofy and enjoyable, the pacing is slick and there are some memorable scenes. Its TV roots are still quite obvious, but a good cast, entertaining vibe and short runtime make sure that this never becomes a big problem. Good fun.

The inoffensive

Before We Vanish

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 129m
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Before We Vanish poster

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's invasion flick is not so much about aliens, instead it's more about humanity. Some nice ideas and interesting scenes, but overall the atmosphere is a little lackluster and the tone of the film is surprisingly jolly. Not his best work, but still above par.

Foreboding

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Yocho: Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 60m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Foreboding poster

Weird follow-up to Before We Vanish. It's not a sequel, not a prequel, almost a remake but not quite. Kurosawa delivers an alternate version of his previous alien film, one that shows more similarities than differences, but still works as a seperate film. The film itself is decent, but overly long.

Penance

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Shokuzai
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 270m
Genre
Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Penance poster

Retribution

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Sakebi
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 104m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Retribution poster

Doppelganger

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Dopperugenga
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 107m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Doppelganger poster

License to Live

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Ningen Gokaku
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 109m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
License to Live poster

Door 3

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Doa 3
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 89m
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi, Horror
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Door 3 poster

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Gamble

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Katte ni Shiyagare!! Gyakuten Keikaku
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 80m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Gamble poster

The fourth entry in the Suit Yourself of Shoot Yourself series is another amusing crime romp. Kurosawa shot these six films in a period of two years time, so it's no surprise that the quality is pretty consistent. It's light entertainment that was able to rise above its humble origins thanks to a great cast.

Yûji likes a gamble from time to time, but his partner is infinitely more lucky than he is. It gets on Yûji's nerves, whenever he tries to outdo his partner luck isn't on his side. Things are looking up when he finds 10 million yen, what Yûji doesn't know is that the money belongs to the Yakuza.

Sho Aikawa and Koyo Maeda form a great pair, the brisk pacing is well appreciated and the light atmosphere makes the film extremely easy to digest. It probably won't make many people's best-of lists when they consider Kurosawa's oeuvre, but it's perfect filler material that easily succeeds in what it set out to accomplish.

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Escape

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Katte ni Shiyagare!! Dasshutsu Keikaku
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 80m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Escape poster

The second entry in one of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's lesser known franchises. It's not too surprising the Suit Yourself of Shoot Yourself films never became a big success, it is after all a series of Japanese TV films. The lighter tone, the excellent cast, consistent quality and short runtimes make this a franchise well worth exploring.

Yûji's latest assignment involves tailing the daughter of a Yakuza boss. He finds out the girl is hooking up with a boy in secret, something her father doesn't appreciate in the least. After this discovery, he offers Yûji a big lump sum of money if he captures the boy and brings him in.

Show Aikawa is a great lead, with actors like Sabu and Ren Osugi backing him up Kurosawa was able to assemble a great cast. The film isn't too serious, the story isn't dragged out unnecessarily and even though it lacks a little visual flair, the entertainment value is high. A solid entry in a solid series.

Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Heist

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Katte ni Shiyagare!! Goudatsu Keikaku
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 81m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself!: The Heist poster

Fun and quirky little crime comedy. The Suit Yourself films may be developed for TV, but the acting talent is top-notch and Kurosawa's direction is on point. While essentially little more than simple genre exercises, the tone is just right and the mix of comedy and gangster business is pretty entertaining. Solid.

Yakuza Taxi

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
893 Taxi
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 79m
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Yakuza Taxi poster

The Guard from the Underground

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Jigoku no Keibiin
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 96m
Genre
Drama, Horror, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Guard from the Underground poster

Worthy but flawed

To the Ends of the Earth

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari
Specifics
Japan, Qatar [2019] - 120m
Genre
Drama
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
To the Ends of the Earth poster

Kurosawa is struggling lately. His latest is an interesting attempt to bring two nations together, but the result is equal amounts culture clash and xenophobia, that doesn't have much to add to what's already out there. There are some individual scenes that stick out, but overall it's just very basic and expected.

Seventh Code

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Sebunsu Kôdo
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 60m
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Seventh Code poster

Pulse

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kairo
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 119m
Genre
Sci-fi, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Pulse poster

Serpent's Path

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Hebi no Michi
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 85m
Genre
Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Serpent's Path poster

The Revenge: The Scar That Never Fades

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Fukushu the Revenge Kienai Kizuato
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 83m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Revenge: The Scar That Never Fades poster

The Revenge: A Visit from Fate

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Fukushu: Kienai Shokon
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 83m
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Revenge: A Visit from Fate poster

Dubious filler

Sweet Home

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Sûîto Homu
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 100m
Genre
Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Sweet Home poster

Plain forgettable

Seance

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kôrei
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 118m
Genre
Drama, Horror, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Seance poster

Cure

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kyua
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 111m
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Cure poster

Wife of a Spy

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Supai no Tsuma
Specifics
Japan [2020] - 115m
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Wife of a Spy poster

Kurosawa's latest is a big disappointment. My expectation were pretty low going in, as the promo material was pretty clear about what type of film this was going to be, even then it felt lazy, uninspired and obsolete. Kurosawa might want to take a good, long look at his work and try to reinvent himself again.

Wife of a Spy is a rather sluggish and tradition wartime thriller. Yusaku and Satoko are a happy couple, but when Satoko finds out her husband is working against the Japanese government their lives take a big turn. She wants to get involved too, but Yusaku isn't too keen to put his wife in danger.

The performances are decent, Aoi and Takahashi are seasoned actors, but that's not enough to keep this film interesting. The cinematography feels outdated, the plot is predictable and the soundtrack is uninspired. It's yesteryear's cinema, no surprise then it did manage to steal some critical acclaim and festival prizes. Subpar considering all the talented people involved.

Big nopes

The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Do-re-mi-fa-Musume no Chi Wa Sawagu
Specifics
Japan [1985] - 83m
Genre
Comedy, Musical
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl poster

Irritation overload

Kandagawa Wars

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Also known as
Kanda-gawa Inran Senso
Specifics
Japan [1983] - 60m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
More info on
rating
0.5*/5.0*
Kandagawa Wars poster