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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.

Director:

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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Cast

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 Shun Sugata ... Boss
Shô Aikawa ... Employee
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
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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>

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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 »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

9 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pulse See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,250, 13 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$49,046, 18 December 2005
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Daiei Eiga,Hakuhodo,Imagica See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Japanese title written in Kanji means "circuit". See more »

Quotes

Ghost: Death was... eternal loneliness.
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A unique Japanese horror film
21 December 2007 | by LoneWolfAndCubSee all my reviews

Kario (Pulse) is unlike any Japanese horror I have seen. As much as I love the Ju-On series, the scares come from creepy ghosts that pop-up from unseen places. They are good movies, but those scares wear off after awhile. However, in Kairo the ghosts don't pop up suddenly and they aren't accompanied by loud music. They are just there and boy are they creepy. Sometimes they do nothing, they just stand there, staring. It creates a feeling of unease and constantly keeps the viewer on edge.

It's not just the ghosts that are unique, the story is incredibly interesting and intelligent. But it is not linear, logical and it doesn't explain everything (it doesn't have to, though). It really leaves it up to us what to decide. This is what is so good about this movie, it's much unlike most horror films. Forget all the recent American horror films, although some are excellent they really aren't like this. This film is almost like a dream in some ways. It goes at a very slow pace (clocking in just under 2 hours) and there aren't a lot of scares. At times the story may seem illogical but I beg to differ.

Kairo is really an apocalyptic horror much like the 2002 British horror film 28 Days Later (just replace zombies with ghosts). Also like 28 Days Later, this film carries a very profound social message but unlike 28 Days Later this one is about loneliness and how people become distant through the use of technology. There's also a heavy emphasis on the evils of suicide.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa has created an intelligent, unique horror film that doesn't quite get the attention it deserves. If your willing to experience movie that will leave your unsettled and weired out afterwards, look no further than Kairo.

4½/5


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