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. Although he has worked in a variety of genres, Kurosawa is best known for his many contributions to the Japanese horror genre.
|Born||July 19, 1955|
Kobe, Hyōgo, Japan
|Alma mater||Rikkyo University|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, film critic|
Born in Kobe on July 19, 1955, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is not related to director Akira Kurosawa. After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guidance of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi, where he began making 8mm films, Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films and low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza films.
Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his 1997 crime thriller film Cure. 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.
Kurosawa followed up Cure with a semi-sequel in 1999 with Charisma, a detective film starring Kōji Yakusho. 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. Kurosawa released Bright Future, starring Tadanobu Asano, Joe Odagiri and Tatsuya Fuji, in 2003. He followed this with another digital feature, Doppelganger, later the same year.
In 2005, Kurosawa returned with Loft, his first love story since Seance. Another horror film, Retribution, followed in the next year. With his 2008 film, Tokyo Sonata, Kurosawa was considered to step "out of his usual horror genre and into family drama."
In September 2012, it was announced that he would direct 1905, a film starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Shota Matsuda and Atsuko Maeda. In February 2013, it was announced that production of the film had been cancelled before filming could start.
Kurosawa directed a 2012 five-part television drama Penance. Beautiful 2013, an anthology film featuring Kurosawa's Beautiful New Bay Area Project, screened at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2013.
Kurosawa's next feature film Real, which stars Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase, was released in 2013. He won the Best Director award at the 8th Rome Film Festival for Seventh Code later that year.
His 2017 film Before We Vanish was screened in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival.
Style and influencesEdit
Kurosawa's directing style has been compared to those of Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky, though he has never expressly listed those directors as influences. In an interview, he claimed that Alfred Hitchcock and Yasujirō Ozu contributed to shaping his personal vision of the medium. He has also expressed admiration for American film directors such as Don Siegel, Sam Peckinpah, Robert Aldrich, Richard Fleischer, and Tobe Hooper.
In a 2009 interview with IFC, Kurosawa talked about the reason why he has cast the actor Kōji 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."
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.
- Kandagawa Pervert Wars (1983)
- The Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl (1985)
- Sweet Home (1989)
- The Guard from Underground (1992)
- Cure (1997)
- License to Live (1998)
- Barren Illusions (1999)
- Charisma (2000)
- Seance (2000)
- Pulse (2001)
- Bright Future (2003)
- Doppelganger (2003)
- Loft (2005)
- Retribution (2006)
- Tokyo Sonata (2008)
- Real (2013)
- Seventh Code (2013)
- 1905 (cancelled)
- Journey to the Shore (2015)
- Creepy (2016)
- Daguerrotype (2016)
- Before We Vanish (2017)
- Foreboding (2017)
- To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari, Sekai no Hajimari) (2019)
- Vertigo College (1980)
- Ghost Cop (2003)
- House of Bugs (2005)
- Beautiful New Bay Area Project (2013)
- 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)
- Soul Dancing (2004)
- Eizou no Karisuma (1992)
- Eiga wa Osoroshii (2001)
- Kurosawa Kiyoshi no Eigajutsu (2006)
- 21 Seiki no Eiga o Kataru (2011)
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