Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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name = Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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birthdate = July 19, 1955
birthplace = Kobe, Japan
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occupation = Film director and screenwriter
yearsactive = 1973 – present
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nihongo|Kiyoshi Kurosawa|黒沢 清|"Kurosawa Kiyoshi"|born July 19, 1955—of no relation to famed director Akira Kurosawa is a Japanese filmmaker best known for his many contributions to the J-horror genre.


Kurosawa first began directing in the 1980s, working on low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza pictures. In the early 1990s, he won a scholarship to the Sundance Institute and was able to study filmmaking in the United States, although he had been directing for nearly ten years professionally.

Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his serial killer film "Kyua (Cure)" (1997). Also that year, Kurosawa experimented by filming two thrillers back-to-back, "Serpent's Path" and "Eyes of the Spider", both of which shared the same premise (a father taking revenge for his child's murder) and lead actor (Sho Aikawa) but spun entirely different stories.

Kurosawa followed up "Cure" with a semi-sequel in 1999 with "Charisma", which established his penchant for apocalyptic imagery and themes of identity and isolation. In 2001 Kurosawa directed "Pulse", a film about ghosts invading the world of the living by way of the Internet. More recently Kurosawa has released "Akarui Mirai (Bright Future)" (2003), starring Tadanobu Asano, the first film of his shot with a 24p High-Definition video camera. Kurosawa followed this with another digital feature, "Doppelganger", later the same year.

tyle and influences

Kurosawa's directing style has been compared to that of Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, though he has never expressly listed those directors as influences. In interviews Kurosawa has voiced admiration for American films of the early 1970s. ["Cure" DVD. “Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa." New York: Home Vision Entertainment/Janus Films, 2001.]

Many of his films are concerned in some form with the way society shapes the individual, with individuals obsessed with some eccentric project, or how social mechanisms disintegrate when faced with the wholly irrational. "Cure" is widely cited as the best example of all of these concepts in one film, but they show up in others as well: "Bright Future" combines the first and second in its plot about a ruminative young man trying to accommodate a jellyfish to live in fresh water with unexpected results.Fact|date=February 2007

elected filmography

: 1995 "Shoot Yourself 1" The Heist (Katte ni Shiyagare!) colloquially translates as "Do whatever the fuck you want!" [cite journal|last=Stephens |first= Chuck |date=September 1, 2001 |title= Another green world: the blossoming of Kiyoshi Kurosawa.|journal= Film Comment|volume= 37|issue=5 |pages= 64|url=|accessdate= 2008-09-26] : 1997 "Cure" (キュア "Kyua"): 1998 "Serpent's Path" (蛇の道 "Hebi no michi"): 1998 "Eyes of the Spider" (蜘蛛の瞳 "Kumo no hitomi"): 1999 "License to Live" (ニンゲン合格 "Ningen gōkaku"): 1999 "Barren Illusions" (大いなる幻影 "Ōinaru genei"): 2000 "Charisma" (カリスマ "Karisuma"): 2001 "Kairo" (回路), aka "Pulse": 2001 "Seance" (降霊 "Kōrei"): 2003 "Bright Future" (アカルイミライ "Akarui mirai"): 2003 "Doppelganger" (ドッペルゲンガー "Dopperugengā"): 2005 "Loft" (ロフト "Rofuto"): 2006 "Retribution" (叫 "Sakebi"): 2008 "Tokyo Sonata"


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