(UNRATED WIDESCREEN EDITION) (2005)
Starring: Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka, Masatoshi Matsuo, Shinji
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
Run Time: 118 minutes
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Tracks: Japanese (Unknown Format)
“The Making of Pulse”
It’s the end of the
as we expected it to be.
People all over the
world are simply disappearing into thin air. Some supernatural force is
involved as a group of friends discover when one of them, a computer
boffin, commits suicide. He leaves behind a disc which contains disturbing
images of what appears to be ghosts. Soon all kinds of unexplained, scary
So far, so very
much The Ring. But the 2001 Japanese horror movie Pulse (original
title: Kairo) is a genuinely creepy albeit often incoherent
most of the Japanese horror movies which have been remade by Hollywood in
recent years Pulse is low on gore and high on spooky atmospherics. Details
of the plot will probably escape you, but Pulse is an effective horror
movie and unlike most Japanese movies of this sort doesn’t have any spooky Japanese school girls in them . . .
THE DISC: Audio
commentary and some trailers for some other interesting titles from
Magnolia Pictures. No English soundtrack dubbing, but obviously there are
subtitles. Picture and sound quality is acceptable (ghostly sound effects
are often effectively utilised).
WORTH IT? Part
meditation on the existential loneliness of Japanese society, part
horror/sci-fi movie Pulse is often incomprehensible and the net effect is
like being caught in a feverish dream.
movie which the producers of Doom (which I recently had to sit through on
DVD) should have done well to emulate. (Unsurprisingly a Hollywood remake
is in the works.) Check it out.