Pulse (2001)
"Kairo" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  9 November 2005 (USA)
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Japanese university students investigate a series of suicides linked to an Internet Web cam that promises visitors the chance to interact with the dead.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruhiko Katô ...
Harue Karasawa
Kurume Arisaka ...
Masatoshi Matsuo ...
Shinji Takeda ...
Jun Fubuki ...
Michi's mother
Shun Sugata ...
Shô Aikawa ...
Ship Captain
Kenji Mizuhashi ...
Takumi Tanji ...
Man with Bag
Hassei Takano ...
Student A
Atsushi Yuki ...
Student B
Go Takashima ...
Student C


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

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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »

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9 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$7,250 (USA) (11 November 2005)


$49,046 (USA) (16 December 2005)

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Did You Know?


The shot of a woman leaping off the side of a building is a relatively simple combination of careful editing, computer graphics, and stunt work. As director Kiyoshi Kurosawa explains it, a stunt-woman was filmed bungee jumping off the rooftop, followed by a dummy dressed in the same clothes; the two shots were edited together and the bungee cord digitally erased. See more »


Ghost: Death was... eternal loneliness.
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Referenced in Feardotcom (2002) See more »


Hane Lay Down My Arms
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The creepiest horror movie ever made
23 July 2005 | by (Israel) – See 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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