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Pulse (2001)

Kairo (original title)
Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruhiko Katô Haruhiko Katô ... Ryosuke Kawashima
Kumiko Asô ... Michi Kudo
Koyuki ... Harue Karasawa
Kurume Arisaka Kurume Arisaka ... Junko Sasano
Masatoshi Matsuo Masatoshi Matsuo ... Toshio Yabe
Shinji Takeda Shinji Takeda ... Yoshizaki
Jun Fubuki Jun Fubuki ... Michi's mother
Shun Sugata Shun Sugata ... Boss
Shô Aikawa ... Employee
Kôji Yakusho ... Ship Captain
Kenji Mizuhashi Kenji Mizuhashi ... Taguchi
Takumi Tanji Takumi Tanji ... Man with Bag
Hassei Takano Hassei Takano ... Student A
Atsushi Yuki Atsushi Yuki ... Student B
Go Takashima Go Takashima ... Student C
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Storyline

After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another's computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Is their friend trying to contact them from beyond the grave, or is there something much more sinister going on? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Taglines:

Yûrei ni aitai desu ka? (Do you want to meet a ghost?)


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puls See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,250, 13 November 2005

Gross USA:

$51,420

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$318,451
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As Kawashima starts going over footage of people in the computer screen, he comes a cross a bearded man who looks up and stares directly at him. That man is Kurosawa Kiyoshi, and writer and director of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ghost: [recurring line] Tasukete.
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Connections

Remade as Pulse (2006) See more »

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Hane Lay Down My Arms
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The creepiest horror movie ever made
23 July 2005 | by zevtSee all my reviews

Sorry for the hyperbole topic but I mean it. I am a horror movie fanatic and I have become desensitized to cheap scares with loud noises and murderers running around with axes. I am very picky and only like one out of every few dozen horror movies I watch. I also don't like nonsensical supernatural horror that uses creepy images as a gimmick without actually bothering to make any sense. So when I say that this is the creepiest horror movie ever made, it is not hyperbole.

That said, this movie will bore or confound the average horror movie watcher. It is not linear or logical and it doesn't explain everything that is going on, but it doesn't have to.

This is an apocalyptic horror movie about loneliness and how people may become distant islands and ghosts even through connecting technology like cellphones and the internet. I don't know how anyone can make a horror movie about loneliness and make it creepy as hell but Kiyoshi Kurosawa pulled it off.

That's all you need to know. Experience it with the lights off, no breaks, noise or distractions, or I will lock you in a room with a depressed ghost and tape the door shut with red tape until you become so lonely you will evaporate into nothing.


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