Overall Rank: 7805
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 40
Theatrical Release Date: 11/09/2005
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Actors: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka, Masatoshi Matsuo, Shinji Takeda
Plot: After the suicide of a friend, a group of young Tokyo residents begin to experience strange phenomena all related to strange web site with deadly consequences. -- Chris Kavan
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Tjommi - wrote on 08/07/2012
I have to go against the stream here I feel and claim that the american version was actually better than this one. There was nothing wrong with the story and the acting performance. I didn't like the directing very much. In my opinion this took way to long to get to the point. And the special effects really weren't that good. In this movie silence was not your friend. The story in the movie is good, as it goes into the company of the technologial horror movies however the pace was way to slow for me, and the payoff quite frankly wasn't worth the long tedious wait. Perhaps I am getting jaded, but this wasn't particluary scary nor was it provoking. Good movie to watch if you got trouble sleeping though.
Adict - wrote on 05/20/2010
Pulse oozes with creative irony (technology is killing Japan? What?!?) and jittery "What-the-fucks?!?" all the way through. Similar films have been seen and poorly processed, but the viewer wasn't tense like a wound coil through it. When one of the ghosts, living dead, or whatever the hell they are even moves it sends chills. When was the last time a ballet kick made you check the hallways? Don't watch this one alone!
filmfan09 - wrote on 02/26/2009
Not a bad little Japanese horror flick, it's very creepy and disturbing. This is an apocalyptic horror movie about loneliness and I will confess to being totally lost sometimes. I suppose a second watch might reveal more to me. I have seen the American remake of Pulse, and I say this verison is way better and will certainly make up for that movie's sorry excuse as a horror movie.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/05/2012
A computer programmer succumbs to depression and suicide after viewing a mysterious website featuring enigmatic figures in morbid situations. One of the original of the new wave of J Horrors, Pulse actually has a far stronger premise than most; that the spirit world has become vastly overpopulated and started to bleed into the living world. Unfortunately the story barely explores the implications of the idea til the last 20 minutes or so, leaving the vast majority of the rest of the film as a bunch of kids staring at pasty faced figures lurking in darkened corners and getting spooked by mysterious phone calls. In other words, exactly the same recipe as every other J Horror out there. It's quite atmospheric and the audio-visuals are occasionally interesting but by the time it had actually …
The Marowak - wrote on 02/17/2009
Hey there horror drudgees! Have you been good or were you bad, therefore dead, and are now looking for that special, delicious frequency to get back to the land of the living? By the way, the land of the living doesn't include Montana!
Meanwhile bat-fans, the dead people of Japan watched Poltergeist and White Noise and decided televisions and the radio are simply suck, sucky, suckiest, and sucktasticmagorical ways to try to get back at you. Let's think now... how else, if one were dead, would one come back? ... A-ha! The internet! That little demon has itself a sight that is letting the dead through! Geepers drudgees!
On a serious note though sweetums, this movie is awesome! Goose-bumps, chills, and a hand over the ol' eyes made me wish for a snuggle buddy! This one is wound so …
CJP - wrote on 10/27/2008
Action: 3/3 + Comedy: 0.5/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 0.5/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 8/10 or 80%.
Pulse takes on the existential dilemma of what happens when one dies. It claims that the greatest conceptual hell is complete isolation, denoting that everyone wants out, and every single frame of the film is a delicate addition to the overtly tense situation of these dead returning. It also shows the common man's reaction to having the answer to the question "what happens when one dies?" and it is not pretty.
Pulse builds tension on an unusually high level. The viewer will always feel that something is there or something is just about to manifest. The end result is that the isolated (or the dead) want the same thing as the non-isolated (the living), …
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