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Pulse (2002)

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa     Starring: Haruhiko Katô Kumiko Aso
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202139495
UPC: 876964000055
UPC 14: 00876964000055
Category Keywords: Ghosts  Internet  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
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A group of young friends is rocked by the sudden suicide of one of their own and his subsequent ghostly reappearance in grainy computer and video images. Soon, there are more strange deaths and disappearances, terrifying tooms sealed in red tape and the appearance of more ghosts as the world is drained of life.
Editor's Note
"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 his computer's unusual behavior to Harue (Koyuki), an attractive tech specialist. Separately, they witness an unraveling horror which manifests itself in haunting digital images, coal-black stains, doors sealed with red tape, and lingering apparitions--all leading to a steady decrease in Tokyo's population.

Like RING, another prime example of Japanese horror, Kurosawa's PULSE manages to take a B-movie plot and elevate to a level of both terror and artistry that's rarely, if ever, seen in the West. Rather than relying on gore and special effects, the film uses expert cinematography (courtesy of Junichirô Hayashi, also the cameraman on RING and Kurosawa's CHARISMA), bleak backdrops, creepy music, and the good ol' power of suggestion to create what eventually becomes an existential nightmare. To call PULSE "scary" would be a grave understatement; most viewers will never look at a roll of red tape the same way again.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 118 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10005
Video UPC UPC: 00876964000055
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Japanese
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Japanese
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Koji Yakusho
Video Cast Info Jun Fubuki
Video Cast Info Haruhiko Katô
Video Cast Info Kumiko Aso
Video Cast Info Shinji Takeda
Video Cast Info Kiyoshi Kurosawa - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Junichiro Hayashi - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Kiyoshi Kurosawa - Director

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "PULSE possesses the dark art to make your pulse pound and your hair stand on end -- with no cheating." 12/01/2005 p.136

Sight and Sound
"[I]mpressively well executed, making skillful use of distorted sound and unnatural movement....Nicely eerie..." 04/01/2006 p.67

3 stars out of 5 -- "There are enough unsettling images for genre fans, but this is less full-on shocker than quiet meditation on the loneliness of Tokyo." 05/01/2006 p.152

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Aso,Kumiko
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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