Pulse (Kairo)
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Where the average Japanese horror flick is petulant and nasty, Pulse is dolorous, shivery, and surreal."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"While it's rattling your nerves, Pulse leaves your brain wanting more."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Not just the scariest sample of J-horror I've yet seen, but also the most profound"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Some find it pulse-pounding, while others might be so bored they will have to check to make sure they still have a pulse by the time it's all over."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"Even the technology, employed to aesthetic end, creates less a sense of visual poetics than of out-of-date-ness."
‑ Les Wright, culturevulture.net
"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's best just to give yourself over to its dizzy dreaminess and abstract analysis of the persistent, beckoning throb of the digital underground."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"It's scary, it's depressing, it's engrossing, and it's good."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"(The remake) looks like it will hit the right notes, especially for American horror fans. But I don't think it will hear the mournful music of the original."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Pulse is emptied and perplexing at trying length."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"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."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"By the end of Pulse the world seemed a whole lot creepier place. I'm pretty sure that means it worked."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"in the labyrinthine fabric of Pulse, different characters must all, one by one, confront their own isolation, insignificance and deepest, darkest despair."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Pulse's craft as a dread-fest is superb."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Kurosawa... scares the bejeezus out of us."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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