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Kairo (2001)

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


Kiyoshi Kurosawa
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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 ... Boss
Show Aikawa ... Employee (as Shô Aikawa)
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


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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Kiyoshi Kurosawa wrote the novelization for the film. See more »


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Very Disappointed
22 February 2003 | by mindless_junkSee all my reviews

So I've read many positive reviews and decided to see this movie, with very high expectations. I must say, I am very disappointed. Comparing to most of the comments I've read, I must be quite "alone" in this view.

Why I am disappointed, many things come to my mind:

1) Weak Plot Why they even bother introducing Internet in the movie? It has nothing to do with it. Also, none of the plot makes sense to me. Why do people kill themselves? What are the ghosts trying to accomplish? Can someone please give me a coherent explanation?

2) Not Scary At All I was watching this movie alone in the dark, *YAWN*, Nothing really scared me at all... In fact, at times, I just can't stop laughing at the stupidity (this guy walks into a red taped room to pick up the gas cap? Come on! Give me a break!)

I can go on and on about better "end of the world" movies that I have seen, this is definitely not one of them.

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Release Date:

9 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,250, 13 November 2005

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1.85 : 1
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