Kairo (Pulse in North America)

Kairo (Pulse in North America)

The other night Gary, Brett and I watched a movie called Pulse in North America but its original title in Japanese is Kaïro.

Written and directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2001, 119 min. starring Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Kenji Mizuhashi, Kurume Arisaka, Masatoshi Matsuo, Show Aikawa, Jun Fubuki, Shinji Takeda and Yakusho Koji.

I did not have high expectations when I started watching the film because I was convinced that it would have another dark haired creepy little girl in it like most Japanese horror films these days but this one surprised me.

It is a brilliant psychological thriller that deals with ghosts preying on the isolation so many of us feel in today’s culture using the Internet as a tool. There is no gore in this film or sex which I feel only heightened the sense of terror. The movie has some pretty impressive scenes that are certain to cause chills. I still get shivers thinking of one scene in particular when one of the characters enters a red taped room for the first time. What I found most impressive about this film was the apocalyptic future it depicts using dark and surreal cinematography that makes you ache with loneliness. There are no cheap shocks or thrills in this movie, instead it creates an atmosphere of dread that will haunt you long after the movie has ended.

Edit: Gary has just informed me that there is a remake that is about to be released in North America called Pulse. I’ll likely see the remake but I highly doubt that it will compare to the original.

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