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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haruhiko Katô ... Ryosuke Kawashima
Kumiko Asô ... Michi Kudo
... Harue Karasawa
Kurume Arisaka ... Junko Sasano
Masatoshi Matsuo ... Toshio Yabe
Shinji Takeda ... Yoshizaki
Jun Fubuki ... Michi's mother
Shun Sugata ... Boss
Shô Aikawa ... Employee
... Ship Captain
Kenji Mizuhashi ... Taguchi
Takumi Tanji ... Man with Bag
Hassei Takano ... Student A
Atsushi Yuki ... Student B
Go Takashima ... Student C
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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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$7,250, 13 November 2005, Limited Release

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$49,046, 18 December 2005
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa wrote the novelization for the film. See more »

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Ghost: [recurring line] Tasukete.
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Remade as Pulse (2006) See more »

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Hane Lay Down My Arms
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Don't watch before bed
4 January 2013 | by 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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