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Kairo (Pulse) (2001)

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Original title: Kairo

Release Date
• USA: Aug 12, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 21, 2006

Official Website:
Kairo (Pulse) Website

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country Japan

Production Companies
Toho Company Ltd.

Studio Daiei, Hakuhodo, Imagica, NTV Network

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Other Titles
• Kairo (Pulse)

• The Circuit
• Pulse

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Genre: Horror, Ghosts, Suspense, Disturbing

Plot: Michi is a young girl who works at a flower shop, and one day finds one of her co-workers dead. Beneath the body, is a large black spot. Meanwhile, all over Tokyo, people are dying, and leaving this strange mark beneath their corpse. In another part of town, Kawashima is hooking up his computer, and connects to a strange website, even though he is not on the internet. The site shows many webcams focused on depressed people asking for help. When he goes to his friend for help about his computer's strange behavior, they both notice that many people have been going missing in Tokyo. As they investigate, they make a horrible deduction linking the website to the missing people.

"Would you like to meet a ghost?" This foreboding question is posed to a young man by his own computer, suddenly able to dial up to the Internet--by itself. Unfortunately for the characters in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's PULSE, inquisitive PCs are the least of their problems. What begins as the seemingly isolated suicide of a computer hacker in Tokyo leads to a series of mysterious disappearances and deaths in this bone-chilling thriller. As Michi (Kumiko Aso), a young woman working on a rooftop plant nursery, attempts to find out what happened to her deceased friend, a slacker named Kawashima (Haruhiko Katô) reports

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external linkThis is yet another good horror movie to come out of Japan. It has a lot of innovative and creepy scenes. The concept is also very good. It's almost 2 hours so it has a lot of slow moments, but if you're into it as much as I was you'll enjoy it. Check this out if you can or just wait for the US remake. 7/10

external linkWhen Kairo is over, you actually feel like the movie infected you, like the video would in Ringu or the mysterious figure in Kairo would. This is a must see film from the Japanese film world, they are taking horror to new levels, and playing with your emotions, I can’t wait to see what comes out next! 4/5
--Mr Disgusting (

 Directed by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cure, Seance (Ko-Rei), Bright Future
 Written by
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Pulse, Cure, Seance (Ko-Rei)
Kumiko Aso
Casshern, Ring Ø: Birthday, Zebraman
The Last Samurai, Alive, Laundry
Masatoshi Matsuo
Tomie: Replay, Koibone
Shinji Takeda
The Happiness of the Katakuris, Taboo (Gohatto), Cha no aji
Jun Fubuki
Seance (Ko-Rei), Space Adventure Cobra
Shun Sugata
The Last Samurai, Ichi the Killer, Marebito
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