The director of Pulse leads an invasion of the body snatchers in the goofy-creepy Before We Vanish

One of Japan’s premier gooseflesh provokers, Kiyoshi Kurosawa made an international name for himself in horror, specifically with 2001’s technophobic, ghost-in-the-machine creepfest Pulse. But he’s no genre monogamist; the director has applied his command of unnerving atmosphere—that ability to get skin crawling with…

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa relocates to France with the underdeveloped Daguerrotype

The Japanese writer-director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a whiz of indistinct scares, has a taste for creepy fairy tales; a modernized take on Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” could have made an inspired choice for his first French-language project, but instead he offers up a dullish original in the form of Daguerrotype. (What’s…

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, king of ambiguous dread, won’t say what his next movie’s about

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the Japanese writer-director behind some of the most unsettling horror movies of recent decades, including Cure and Pulse, has been having a pretty good year. He’s premiered two new films, one of which, Creepy, recently opened in the U.S. and ranks as some of his best work in years. (The other, …

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone delight in La La Land

Opening with a dance number set in a traffic jam and a gag lifted from The Girl Can’t Help It, La La Land (Grade: A- / B+) announces itself as a film both energized and limited by its commitment to movie musical tradition. Damien Chazelle’s follow-up to Whiplash is a spectacular and bittersweet crowd-pleaser, but it’s…

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Penance tells 5 unsettling modern-day fairy tales

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s five-part miniseries, Penance—an episodic, small-screen work that is only being categorized as a movie because it’s being screened in theaters—has a simple, pliable setup, pitched partway between folktale and cold-case procedural. Emili Adachi, daughter of a small-town factory boss, is abducted from…