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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.

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Haruhiko Kato
as Kawashima
Kumiko Aso
as Michi Kudo
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
Atsushi Yuki
as Student
Go Takashima
as Student
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Critic Reviews for Pulse (Kairo)

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (15)

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

February 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

December 16, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B-

While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more.

December 2, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's best just to give yourself over to its dizzy dreaminess and abstract analysis of the persistent, beckoning throb of the digital underground.

December 2, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

By the end of Pulse the world seemed a whole lot creepier place. I'm pretty sure that means it worked.

December 2, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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 have a "message" and be profound (to the point of obviousness).

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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