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

Director:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cure (1997)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Dark Water (2002)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi
Sakebi (2006)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, Tsuyoshi Ihara
Noroi (2005)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba."

Director: Kôji Shiraishi
Stars: Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno, Tomono Kuga
Karisuma (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ren Ohsugi
Pulse I (2006)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

Director: Jim Sonzero
Stars: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi
Bright Future (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants). Their weird bond is based on uncontrollable rage--something neither ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Joe Odagiri, Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji
Shutter II (2004)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.

Directors: Banjong Pisanthanakun, Parkpoom Wongpoom
Stars: Ananda Everingham, Natthaweeranuch Thongmee, Achita Sikamana
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara
Dopperugengâ (2003)
Comedy | Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Hayasaki is an inventor working on an Artificial Body. It is not going well and he is stressed out and on the verge of being fired from the research division of his company. His ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria
Ringu (1998)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those seven days after they watch the strange contents of a mysterious video tape, unless the viewer finds the escape clause.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Circuit  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$49,046 (USA) (16 December 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A large number of scenes were shot from windows. See more »

Quotes

Ghost: Death was... eternal loneliness.
See more »


Soundtracks

Hane Lay Down My Arms
Performed by Cocco
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
truly frightening
13 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

a horror film hasn't given me chills in a while. this film made me feel as isolated and terrified as the characters in the movie. I had seen the American re-make before this film, and i'm kind of glad I did, because I got to save the best for last. If you were disappointed by the American Pulse, this predecessor will certainly make up for that sorry excuse for a horror.

I can say without a doubt this is one of my top films to watch alone in a dark room if I wanted to scare the hell out of myself. And that just puts a big grin on my face. Not to mention, the lighting and cinematography in this film is also really well done, and adds a lot to the completely creepy mood throughout. While the story may be hard to follow if you don't know the history behind the film beforehand, it's scary either way. I've watched it twice now, and it's just as good the second time around. Even though this film is considered an older J-horror film, it's still fresh in my book.

I think horror film makers that rely on cheap thrills and gore should take Kairo for a spin, they'd learn a lot from it. Kairo is a truly haunting, scary film that will leave your eyes wide open in terror. 10/10


26 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The story didn't seem to be executed well lufia20
original version vs. US version dunnypop
i didn't think this movie was scary until... dumpling321
confused... angela_hana
A Warning to those Wanting to Watch VigBit
what the hell happend in the end? yanivpor
Discuss Kairo (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?