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Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Kiyoshi Kurosawa.jpg
Born (1955-07-19) July 19, 1955 (age 59)
Kobe, Japan
Alma mater Rikkyo University
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film critic
Years active 1973–present

Kiyoshi Kurosawa (黒沢 清 Kurosawa Kiyoshi?, born July 19, 1955) is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, film critic and a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre.

Biography[edit]

Born in Kobe on July 19, 1955, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is not related to director Akira Kurosawa.[1] After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guide of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi,[2] where he began making 8mm films,[3] Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films[4] and low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza films.[5]

In the early 1990s, Kurosawa 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.[6]

Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his 1997 crime thriller film Cure.[7] Also that year, he 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 (Show Aikawa) but spun entirely different stories.[8]

Kurosawa followed up Cure with a semi-sequel in 1999 with Charisma, a detective film starring Koji Yakusho.[6] In 2000, Seance, Kurosawa's adaptation of the novel Seance on a Wet Afternoon by Mark McShane, premiered on Kansai TV. It also starred Yakusho, as well as Jun Fubuki (the two had appeared together in Charisma as well). In 2001, he directed the horror film Pulse.[9] Kurosawa released Bright Future, starring Tadanobu Asano, Joe Odagiri and Tatsuya Fuji, in 2003.[10] He followed this with another digital feature, Doppelganger, later the same year.[11]

In 2005, Kurosawa returned with Loft, his first love story since Seance.[12] Another horror film, Retribution, followed in the next year.[13] With his 2008 film, Tokyo Sonata, Kurosawa was considered to step "out of his usual horror genre and into family drama."[14]

He has written a novelization of his own film Pulse, as well as a history of horror cinema with Makoto Shinozaki.[15]

In September 2012, it was announced that he will direct 1905, a film starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Shota Matsuda and Atsuko Maeda.[16] In February 2013, it was announced that production of the film had been cancelled before filming could start.[17]

Kurosawa directed a 2012 five-part television drama Penance.[18] Beautiful 2013, an anthology film featuring Kurosawa's Beautiful New Bay Area Project, screened at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2013.[19]

Kurosawa's next feature film Real, which stars Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase, was released in 2013.[20] He won the Best Director award at the 8th Rome Film Festival for Seventh Code later that year.[21]

Style and influences[edit]

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.[22] Nevertheless he admitted in an interview that Alfred Hitchcock and Yasujiro Ozu features analyzed and discussed under the guidance of Shigehiko Hasumi contributed to shape his personal vision of the medium.[23] He also expressed admiration for American film directors such as Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah, Robert Aldrich, Richard Fleischer,[24] and Tobe Hooper.[25]

In a 2009 interview with IFC, Kurosawa talked about the reason why he has cast the actor Koji Yakusho in many of his films: "He has similar values and sensitivities. We’re from the same generation. That’s a big reason why I enjoy working with him on the set."[26]

According to Tim Palmer, Kurosawa's films occupy a peculiar position between the materials of mass genre, on the one hand, and esoteric or intellectual abstraction, on the other. They also clearly engage with issues of environmental critique, given Kurosawa's preference for shooting in decaying open spaces, abandoned (and often condemned) buildings, and in places rife with toxins, pestilence and entropy.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • Vertigo College (1980)
  • Ghost Cop (2003)
  • House of Bugs (2005)
  • Beautiful New Bay Area Project (2013)

V-Cinema[edit]

  • Yakuza Taxi (1994)
  • Men of Rage (1994)
  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Heist (1995)
  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Escape (1995)
  • Door 3 (1996)
  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Loot (1996)
  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Reversal (1996)
  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Nouveau Riche (1996)
  • Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Hero (1996)
  • The Revenge: A Visit from Fate (1996)
  • The Revenge: A Scar That Never Fades (1996)
  • Serpent's Path (1997)
  • Eyes of the Spider (1997)

DVD[edit]

  • Soul Dancing (2004)

Television[edit]

  • Wordholic Prisoner (1990)
  • Whirlpool of Joy (1992)
  • Seance (2000)
  • Matasaburo, the Wind Imp (2003)
  • Penance (2012)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Eizou no Karisuma (1992)
  • Eiga wa Osoroshii (2001)
  • Kurosawa Kiyoshi no Eigajutsu (2006)
  • 21 Seiki no Eiga o Kataru (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richie, Donald (2001). A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise History. Tokyo: Kodansha International. p. 214. ISBN 4-7700-2682-X. 
  2. ^ Nozaki, Kan (2011). Andrew, Dudley, ed. Opening Bazin. Oxford University Press. p. 327. 
  3. ^ D., Spencer (August 23, 2001). "Interview with Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa". IGN. 
  4. ^ Rucka, Nicholas (March 9, 2009). "Midnight Eye book review: The Films of Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Master of Fear". Midnight Eye. 
  5. ^ Mes, Tom (November 14, 2001). "Midnight Eye review: Serpent's Path". Midnight Eye. 
  6. ^ a b Mes, Tom (March 20, 2001). "Midnight Eye review: Charisma". Midnight Eye. 
  7. ^ Mes, Tom (March 20, 2001). "Midnight Eye review: Cure". Midnight Eye. 
  8. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (August 17, 2001). "Three films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa". JonathanRosenbaum.net. 
  9. ^ Mes, Tom (June 21, 2001). "Midnight Eye review: Pulse". Midnight Eye. 
  10. ^ Arnold, Michael (August 20, 2003). "Midnight Eye review: Bright Future". Midnight Eye. 
  11. ^ Brown, Todd (January 23, 2005). "Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Doppelganger Review". Twitch Film. 
  12. ^ Tesse, Jean-Philippe (January 2007). "Critique. Loft by Kiyoshi Kurosawa". Cahiers du Cinema. 
  13. ^ Hoover, Travis Mackenzie (December 6, 2006). "J-horror Mash-Up: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Retribution". Slant Magazine. 
  14. ^ King, Susan (March 22, 2009). "Kiyoshi Kurosawa provides domestic chills in 'Tokyo Sonata'". Los Angeles Times. 
  15. ^ Mes, Tom (March 9, 2009). "Midnight Eye book review: Mon effroyable histoire du cinéma". Midnight Eye. 
  16. ^ Gray, Jason (September 11, 2012). "Kurosawa to direct Japan-China co-production starring Leung". Screen International. 
  17. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (February 26, 2013). "Production Company Bankrupted by China-Japan Island Dispute Fallout". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  18. ^ Fainaru, Dan (August 29, 2012). "Penance - Review - Screen". Screen International. 
  19. ^ Kerr, Elizabeth (March 27, 2013). "Beautiful 2013: Hong Kong Review - The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  20. ^ Lee, Maggie (August 9, 2013). "Locarno Film Review: 'Real'". Variety. 
  21. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (November 18, 2013). "Japanese Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa 'Very Surprised' About Two Wins at Rome Film Fest". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  22. ^ Cure DVD. “Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa." New York: Home Vision Entertainment/Janus Films, 2001.
  23. ^ Sedia, Giuseppe (October 2006). "Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa" (in Italian). Asia Express. 
  24. ^ Guillen, Michael (August 13, 2008). "KIYOSHI KUROSAWA BLOGATHON—CURE: Confusion and Sophistication". Twitch Film. 
  25. ^ Mes, Tom (October 31, 2001). "Midnight Eye review: Sweet Home". Midnight Eye. 
  26. ^ Erickson, Steve (March 12, 2009). "Kiyoshi Kurosawa Composes "Tokyo Sonata"". IFC. 
  27. ^ Palmer, Tim (2010). "The Rules of the World: Japanese Ecocinema and Kiyoshi Kurosawa". In Willoquet-Maricondi, Paula. Framing the World: Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film. University of Virginia Press. ISBN 978-0-8139-3006-0. 
  28. ^ Kevin Ma (20 June 2014). "Kurosawa Kiyoshi takes Journey to the Shore". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • White, Jerry (2007). The Films of Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Master of Fear. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 9781933330211. 

External links[edit]


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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:56:19 -0800

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:30:00 -0800

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Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:56:15 -0800

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:10:15 -0800

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Mon, 09 Feb 2015 22:00:59 -0800

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Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:04:22 -0800

From acclaimed Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (PULSE) comes PENANCE, a five-part miniseries making its U.S. debut on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray later this month. Today we're happy to present an exclusive clip from the film, which you can find below.
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