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Pulse (2001)
"Kairo" (original title)

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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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Harue Karasawa
Kurume Arisaka ...
Masatoshi Matsuo ...
Shinji Takeda ...
Yoshizaki
Jun Fubuki ...
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Shô Aikawa ...
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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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$49,046 (USA) (16 December 2005)
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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 »

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Ghost: Death was... eternal loneliness.
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Don't watch before bed
4 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am writing this review because I'm too scared to walk to my room and get in bed.

This movie is terrifying. It's slow, but keeps you completely engaged the entire time. The plot is confusing, but adds to its appeal. It's open to interpretation, which I like in a movie. I don't want everything laid out. Where's the mystery in that? You don't realize what's happening until it creeps up on you very, very gradually. You think you have the movie pinned, then you start questioning what's going on. Everything feels wrong, out of place, and extremely dreadful throughout. You won't like how you feel, but you'll want to see it through anyway.

If you like plot-driven movies where there's a place for everything and everything in its place, so to speak, this one's not for you. This movie's focus is atmosphere and pure psychological terror, not logic.

There's definitely some social commentary in this one. It's a thoughtful film and for being low-budget, the special effects are well-done. You'll be thinking about what this movie means to you.

I really want to warn everyone who is considering watching this- it will haunt you. The ghost images are NOT your everyday American shock-fest. They will burrow into your psyche and live there, probably for a long time. And they are not pleasant.

I honestly almost wish I hadn't seen this movie...


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