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Pulse [Blu-ray/DVD] [2 Discs] [2001]

  • SKU: 32252193
  • Release Date: 07/11/2017
  • Rating: R

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Broken Circuits: a new interview with director Kiyoshi Kurosawa
    • Cast and crew introductions from opening day screening in Tokyo
    • Creepy Images: a new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
    • Original 'Making of' documentary, plus four archive behind-the-scenes featurettes
    • Premiere footage from the Cannes Film Festival
    • TV spots
    • The Horror of Isolation: a new video appreciation featuring Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (Blair Witch, You're Next)
    • Trailers


    As one of the most cutting-edge Japanese filmmakers, Kiyoshi Kurosawa once again wraps a lowbrow, much-maligned genre -- in this case horror flicks (which were the rage in Japan at the time of this release) -- around some decidedly highbrow philosophical concepts. At the film's outset, Michi (Kumiko Aso) and her cohorts at a rooftop nursery cannot get ahold of their co-worker, Taguchi (Kenji Mizuhashi), who has an important floppy disk. When she ventures over to his apartment, she finds him pale, listless, and unusually quiet -- that is until he suddenly hangs himself. While the suicide is disconcerting, what really freaks Michi out is that Taguchi's body seems to dissolve into the wall, leaving a sickly black stain. Meanwhile, college slacker Ryosuke Kawashima (Haruhiko Kato) logs onto the Internet for the first time even though he is not particularly fond of computers. Instead of stumbling into a porn site or a chat room, he finds himself in a most peculiar site -- he just sees ghostly images of other people going about their everyday life. Then the computer prompts him, asking, "Would you like to meet ghosts?" Even though he eventually pulls the plug, the machine still on occasion springs to life. He eventually consults a comely computer maven named Harue (Koyuki), who is also utterly baffled. As more and more Internet users seal themselves into their rooms with red duct tape and melt into black splotches, Kawashima and Michi independently come to discover that the Internet has become portal for an increasingly crowded afterlife. As Tokyo becomes increasingly depopulated, Kawashima and Michi cross paths. This film -- which also features cameos by Kurosawa regulars Koji Yakusho, Jun Fubuki, and Sho Aikawa -- was screened at the 2001 Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

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      Haruhiko Kato - Ryosuke Kawashima
    • Kumiko Aso
      Kumiko Aso - Michi Kudo
    • Koyuki
      Koyuki - Harue Karasawa
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      Kurume Arisaka - Junko Sasano
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      Masatoshi Matsuo - Yoshio Yabe

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Japan Film

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      Great horror movie originally from Japan. A lot of movies in America are based on Asian cinema. It is a slow burned FYI. Don't expect nonstop frights.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Best J-Horror Films

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      An early 2000s J-Horror film. Incredible disturbing imagery. Film doesn't rely on cheap gore and jump scares to produce definitive horror.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Movie

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      Saw this movie and fell in love with the creepy imagery. Doesn't rely solely on gore and jump scares. Excellent movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a delicious Japanese horror flick

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      • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

      A delightful horror romp that includes missing people and technology, what more do you need

      I would recommend this to a friend

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