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Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director, Editor and Creative Consultant Japonais born on 19 july 1955 at Kobe (Japon)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa
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Birth name Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Nationality Japon
Birth 19 july 1955 (68 years) at Kobe (Japon)

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


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 guide 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.

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.

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 Koji Yakusho. 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."

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

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. Seventh Code will screen at the Rome Film Festival later that year. In September 2012, it was announced that he will direct 1905, a film starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Shota Matsuda and Atsuko Maeda.

Usually with

Kōji Yakusho
Kōji Yakusho
(8 films)
Tarō Suwa
Tarō Suwa
(9 films)
Ren Osugi
Ren Osugi
(8 films)
Shō Aikawa
Shō Aikawa
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kiyoshi Kurosawa (40 films)

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Hitchcock/Truffaut, 1h19
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Bob Balaban, Mathieu Amalric, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, David Fincher
Roles Self
Rating72% 3.6489453.6489453.6489453.6489453.648945
Le documentaire retrace la genèse du célèbre livre de Truffaut et des entretiens qu'il a enregistré avec Alfred Hitchcock dans les studios Universal en 1962.
Mr. X
Mr. X (2014)
, 1h11
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Kylie Minogue, Denis Lavant, Harmony Korine, Leos Carax, Caroline Champetier, Jean-Michel Frodon
Roles Self
Rating66% 3.330273.330273.330273.330273.33027
The film focus on mysterious, solitary French filmmaker, Leos Carax, about his work and his reputation as icon of world cinema.
Occult (2009)
, 1h50
Directed by Kōji Shiraishi
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Actors Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Kōji Shiraishi, Akira Takatsuki, Yumi Yoshiyuki
Roles Self
Rating64% 3.247183.247183.247183.247183.24718
The film chronicles a documentary filmed by Koji Shiraishi investigating a mysterious mass murder at a Japanese resort called Myogasaki three years ago by a man named Ken Matsuki, whose body is never found after he jumped off the cliff following the act. The murder claimed the lives of two women and injured an unemployed man, Shohei Eno, with a strange petrogylph-like mark on his back. Eno claims that supernatural occurrences, which he calls "miracles", have been happening to him since the incident, including a UFO-like object hovering in the sky. He also tells the crew that he never blames Matsuki for the stabbing; in fact, he is thankful when he heard Matsuki saying that "it is your turn", which he interprets as saying that it is Eno's turn to fulfill a "ceremony" commanded by God, as had been done by Matsuki. Seeing that Eno is financially troubled, the crew agree to pay him on the condition that they are allowed to film the occurrences personally.
Reincarnation, 1h36
Directed by Takashi Shimizu
Genres Horror
Themes Films about religion, Ghost films
Actors Karina, Kippei Shiina, Yūka, Shun Oguri, Tetta Sugimoto, Takako Fuji
Roles Professor Kawashima
Rating60% 3.04833.04833.04833.04833.0483
35 years ago, a college professor named Norihasa Omori (Atsushi Haruta) visits a local hotel and films himself killing 11 of the hotel guests, employees, his own children and himself committing suicide as a part of his wish to understand reincarnation. Since then, the footage of the murders disappears.
Pulse (2001)
, 1h58
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films about suicide, Ghost films
Actors Kumiko Asō, Koyuki Katō, Kōji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, Shinji Takeda, Shō Aikawa
Roles Man in Internet (uncredited)
Rating65% 3.2504353.2504353.2504353.2504353.250435
The plot centers on ghosts invading the world of the living via the Internet. It features two parallel story lines.
The Funeral, 2h4
Directed by Jūzō Itami
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kin Sugai, Hideji Ōtaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Ryosuke Kagawa
Roles Assistant Director
Rating71% 3.5958453.5958453.5958453.5958453.595845
Shokichi Amamiya (Hideji Otaki) is a difficult 69-year-old man, married to Kikue (Kin Sugai). He dies suddenly of a heart attack, and it falls to his daughter Chizuko (Nobuko Miyamoto) and son-in-law Wabisuke Inoue (Tsutomu Yamazaki) to organize the funeral at their house.
The Man Who Stole the Sun, 2h27
Directed by Kazuhiko Hasegawa
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Kenji Sawada, Bunta Sugawara, Shigeru Kōyama, Kei Satō, Yūnosuke Itō, Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Roles Suspect on TV News
Rating75% 3.78593.78593.78593.78593.7859
Makoto (Kenji Sawada), a high school science and chemistry teacher, has decided to build his own atomic bomb. Before stealing plutonium isotopes from a nearby nuclear power plant, he is involved in the botched hijack of one of his school's buses during a field trip. Along with a police detective, Yamashita (Bunta Sugawara), he is able to overcome the hijacker and is publicly hailed as a hero.


To the Ends of the Earth, 2h
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Ryō Kase, Atsuko Maeda, Shota Sometani, Tokio Emoto
Rating66% 3.343663.343663.343663.343663.34366
Reporter pour une émission populaire au Japon, Yoko tourne en Ouzbékistan sans vraiment mettre le cœur à l’ouvrage. Son rêve est en effet tout autre… En faisant l'expérience d’une culture étrangère, de rencontres en déconvenues, Yoko finira-t-elle par trouver sa voie ?
Before We Vanish, 2h9
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
Themes Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films
Actors Masami Nagasawa, Ryūhei Matsuda, Mahiro Takasugi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Atsuko Maeda, Masahiro Higashide
Rating62% 3.1022953.1022953.1022953.1022953.102295
Narumi et son mari Shinji traversent une mauvaise passe. Un jour, Shinji disparaît soudainement et revient quelques jours plus tard, complètement transformé. Il semble être devenu un homme différent, à la fois tendre et attentionné.
Foreboding (2017)
, 2h20
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller
Actors Kaho, Masahiro Higashide, Shota Sometani, Ren Osugi, Tarō Suwa, Makiko Watanabe
Rating24% 1.2478851.2478851.2478851.2478851.247885
Ce film de science-fiction est une dystopie, un voyage dans la vie des habitants d'une ville japonaise où surgissent des événements imprévus et déconcertants qui deviennent de plus en plus ingérables et traumatisants. Etsuko est mariée à Tetsuo qui travaille à l’hôpital. Miyuki est une enfant qui vient se réfugier auprès d'Etsuko en lui demandant de dormir chez elle car elle a vu un fantôme et en a peur, elle ne reconnait plus son père et le fuit. Conduite à l'hôpital, l'enfant est examinée par le Dr Makame, un nouveau chirurgien, qui dit que Miyaki a perdue le concept de famille et que c'est une forme d'amnésie inconnue. Survient Tetsuo le mari d'Etsuko à qui le Dr Makame tend la main et lui serre la main gauche en lui disant que désormais il sera son guide en lui indiquant les personnes à qui il doit observer puis prendre les concepts. Le Dr Makame est en réalité un extraterrestre qui a pris une apparence humaine en habitant un corps humain. Il s'approprie en premier le concept de la famille qu'il a enlevé au père de Miyaki qui de ce fait ne le reconnait plus et le fuit terrorisée ; en prenant son père pour un fantôme. Tetsuo fait ensuite rencontrer son ancien professeur au Dr Makame qui prend les concepts du passé puis du futur au vieux professeur qui s'écroule puis qui réveillé a perdu toute mémoire. Le Dr Makame revoit Etsuko qui reste insensible à sa captation de concepts et devra rester seule vivante, car elle est extraordinaire, lorsque l'invasion des extraterrestres aura lieu. Tetsuo guide ensuite vers d'autres japonais le Dr Makame qui leur prend les concepts de la haine, de la peur de la mort, etc. L'extraterrestre peut agir ensuite à distance et il finit par répandre la mort autour de lui. Tetsuo, son guide, ne peut s'opposer à lui, ni le tuer, ni le fuir, car il souffre alors de plus de son bras gauche malgré l'anesthésiant AccuPlus qu'il a dérobé à l'hôpital. Etsuko qui veut sauver Tetsuo par amour dit au Dr Makame qu'elle finira peut-être par l'aimer un peu car il ignore le concept d'amour. Elle tue à la fin le Dr Makame en lui déchargeant un révolver et celui-ci en mourant dit qu'il n'a pas compris assez le concept d'amour qui unit Etsuko et Tetsuo. Le couple survivant reste embrassé sur terre, mais un cyclone arrive avec des pluies torrentielles et l'invasion commence.
Daguerrotype, 2h11
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Themes Photographie
Actors Tahar Rahim, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric, Constance Rousseau, Malik Zidi, Jacques Collard
Rating57% 2.8522.8522.8522.8522.852
Jean est un trentenaire qui vient d'être accepté au poste d'assistant photographe de Stéphane, photographe professionnel et propriétaire d'une riche maison dans un petit village proche de Paris avec sa fille et son ancien assistant devenu homme à tout faire. Mais les choses ne se passent pas comme prévu. Jean fera face à des épreuves dans un monde où les frontières entre réalité et au-delà sont inexistantes.
Creepy (2016)
, 2h10
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yūko Takeuchi, Haruna Kawaguchi, Masahiro Higashide, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryōko Fujino
Rating64% 3.2021053.2021053.2021053.2021053.202105
Takakura et Yusakon emménagent dans un nouveau quartier. Lui est un ancien policier maintenant professeur de criminologie spécialisé dans les serial-killers, elle est une femme au foyer passionnée de cuisine. Dans le cadre de ses cours, Takakura mène des recherches sur le cas non résolu de la disparition d’une famille entière et il ne lui faudra pas beaucoup de temps pour tirer des parallèles entre un mystérieux personnage évoqué dans cette vieille affaire et son étrange voisin Nishino. Une partie d’échec s’engage entre les deux hommes.