Pulse (Kairo) (2005)



Critic Consensus: A sinister spine-tingling techno-thriller whose artistry lies in the power of suggestion rather than a barrage of blood and guts or horror shop special effects.

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A website, which at first appears to be merely a scary hoax with an irresistible marketing ploy, turns out to be run by a sinister and deadly force. As people repeatedly tap into the site's frightening images of the dead, the supernatural force begins controlling their lives.
R (for some violent images.)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Kumiko Aso
as Michi Kudo
Haruhiko Kato
as Kawashima
Kimiko Aso
as Michi
as Harue
Shun Sugata
as Manager
Jun Fubuki
as Michi's Mother
Shinji Takeda
as Yoshizaki
Sho Aikawa
as The Worker
Koji Yakusho
as Boat Captain
Takumi Tanji
as Man With Bag
Hassei Takano
as Student
Atsushi Yuki
as Student
Go Takashima
as Student
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Critic Reviews for Pulse (Kairo)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (16)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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June 29, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal.

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
Boston Globe
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's an apocalyptic ghost story with some eerie images and a surprising turn toward the end, but it bogs down considerably between the good scenes.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's not about blood, gore and oozing innards but unsettling creepiness that gets under a moviegoer's skin and makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.

December 15, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Audience Reviews for Pulse (Kairo)

There is a nice movie about alienation and loneliness in the age of Internet lost in the middle of this silly, heavy-handed mess that, despite being effectively creepy, dark and oppressive, tries too hard to be profound (to the point of obviousness) and have a "message."

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Not so creepy. Not so scary. Just seemed to never end....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A plague of ghosts abduct the living, leaving Tokyo and the world nearly deserted. Confusing, creepy, ambitious J-horror that tries to say something about modern loneliness.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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