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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.

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Haruhiko Katô ...
Kumiko Asô ...
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Harue Karasawa
Kurume Arisaka ...
Masatoshi Matsuo ...
Shinji Takeda ...
Yoshizaki
Jun Fubuki ...
Michi's mother
Shun Sugata ...
Boss
Shô Aikawa ...
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Kenji Mizuhashi ...
Takumi Tanji ...
Man with Bag
Hassei Takano ...
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Atsushi Yuki ...
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Go Takashima ...
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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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9 November 2005 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$49,046 (USA) (16 December 2005)
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The Japanese title written in Kanji means "the road back". See more »

Quotes

Ghost: Death was... eternal loneliness.
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References Serial Experiments Lain (1998) See more »

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Hane Lay Down My Arms
Performed by Cocco
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Major Creep Fest
17 July 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Why isn't this available in the US?

I don't know how to describe this with out making it sound like something its not, but I have to say that this is one of the creepiest and most disturbing films I've seen in quite some time. Its not perfect, even if I gave it a 10 out of 10, simply because few films have left me that uneasy.

Operating well with a sense that I can only describe as dream logic this concerns the really weird events surrounding several people who notice something is wrong when a friend goes missing. The friend is not the trigger, but the event that they notice making them suspect that all is not right in their world.

Everything about how this story is calculated to send slowly building shivers up and down your spine. There are no real moments of shock, just ever growing horror and unease. I hated the way that this movie made me feel but couldn't stop watching.

If there are any flaws is that the film is a bit long at just under two hours. The pacing wears and the logic, while frightening gets stretched almost to the breaking point.

If you can stand slow calculating horror films that freak you out with images and implications then see this movie. Its one of the best I've seen in a while.


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