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Kairo (回路 or "Circuit") is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The film was based on his novel of the same name, and was released in the United States in 2005 as Pulse. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. The movie has a cult following and was the subject of a 2006 English language remake, also titled Pulse (with two sequels).

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Sat Apr 22, 2006 9:31 pm
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We need to know which "Pulse?"

There are around 5 of them. Maybe more.

The one from Madeline Stowe from 2003 (Also called Octane in some areas)? Mother and daughter on a night road trip and come across some surprises. This movie was creepy for the first half, but really dumbs down when we find out the stalkers are a group of lame vampires. It really came out of nowhere and the whole movie shifted from serious/creepy to downright stupid. Overall grade of C (B+ for first half and F+ for second)

The one from 2001. Also called "Kairo". Plot Outline: Japanese teens investigate a series of suicides linked to an internet webcam that promises visitors the chance to interact with the dead. B-

Pulse from 1988. Starring Joey Lawrence. The movie with the out of control appliances, etc. I saw this last year again. C-

Pulse 2006. The remake of Kairo. Haven't seen it yet.

Never saw the others.

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I requested Kairo, so that must be the Japanese one. Put that in the title, Zing ;)


It's a very interesting movie. As a horror movie it is not great, but it poses some interesting philosophical questions. Few movies deal with the theme of death seriously. This one does. I am very sure that the remake won't be anything like the original. Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen. It certainly will be different. The movie is never scary, but considerably creepy in several moments. It certainly lacks some explanation. I need to think more about it.

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