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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Born in 1955 in Kobe, Kiyoshi Kurosawa made his feature film directorial debut in 1983 with Kandagawa Wars. He attracted global attention with Cure (1997), following it with notable works License to Live (1998), Barren Illusion (1999), and Charisma (1999). Pulse was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. His subsequent films received acclaim at home and abroad, including 2003 Cannes competition title Bright Future, Retribution (2006), which screened in Venice, and 2008 Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner Tokyo Sonata (2008). Kurosawa’s miniseries Penance achieved a rare feat for a TV production when it was selected for Venice in 2012. Recent works include Seventh Code (2013), which won Best Director at the Rome Film Festival, Journey to the Shore, winner of Best Director in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2015, Creepy, an official selection at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, and Daguerrotype (2016), Kurosawa’s first fully overseas production, with a French cast and crew. Recipient of the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival’s Samurai Award. Before We Vanish screened in Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2017 and spin-off Foreboding in Berlinale’s Panorama in 2018.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Bright Future

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Joe Odagiri, Tatsuya Fuji, Tadanobu Asano • 2003 • 115 minutes

    "Casts its spell by drawing out the horror of everyday existence bit by bit, and then tossing in some otherworldly weirdness that makes the hair on the back of your neck try to run for cove...

  • Creepy

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba • 2017 • 130 minutes

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics CURE and BRIGHT FUTURE, gets back to his roots by putting the thumbscrews to the audience with his latest, CREEPY. A year after a botch...

  • Penance: Episode 1

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 75 minutes

    The French Doll : Tragedy strikes when Emili is shockingly murdered by a mysterious stranger. The other four girls present at the scene of the crime - Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuka - are unable to ...

  • Penance: Episode 2

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 50 minutes

    Emergency PTA Meeting : Maki is now a relentlessly strict teacher at a elementary school and trains in self-defense techniques in her off-time to combat her overall sense of helplessness. When ...

  • Penance: Episode 3

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 50 minutes

    Brother and Sister Bear : Akiko has withdrawn from society and lives a reclusive life at home. But things change when her brother Koji moves back home from Tokyo with his wife and step-daughter...

  • Penance: Episode 4

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 50 minutes

    Ten Months Ten Days : When Yuka was a child, her mother always favored Yuka’s sickly older sister Mayu. Now the successful proprietor of a flower shop, Yuka is still consumed by jealousy. When ...

  • Penance: Episode 5

    Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa • Drama • With Kyoko Koizumi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yu Aoi • 2014 • 75 minutes

    Fifteen years since the murder of her daughter, Asako is still overtaken with grief and resentment. One day she receives a vital new clue as to the identity of Emili’s killer and sets out to fi...