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Award-winning filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa delivered one of the finest entries in the "J-Horror" cycle of films with this moody and spiritually terrifying film that delivers existential dread along with its frights. Setting his story in the burgeoning internet and social media scene in Japan, Kurosawa's dark and apocalyptic film foretells how technology will only serve to isolate us as it grows more important to our lives.
A group of young people in Tokyo begin to experience strange phenomena involving missing co-workers and friends, technological breakdown, and a mysterious website which asks the compelling question, "Do you want to meet a ghost?" After the unexpected suicides of several friends, three strangers set out to explore a city which is growing more empty by the day, and to solve the mystery of what lies within a forbidden room in an abandoned construction site, mysteriously sealed shut with red packing tape.
Featuring haunting cinematography by Junichiro Hayashi (Ring, Dark Water), a dark and unsettling tone which lingers long after the movie is over, and an ahead-of-its-time story which anticipates 21st century disconnection and social media malaise, Pulse is one of the greatest and most terrifying achievements in modern Japanese horror, and a dark mirror for our contemporary digital world.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
FIRST PRESSING ONLY:Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Chuck Stephens
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It's not an in your face type scary, no shock value. It's foreboding, empty, lonely. It's that feeling when you walk into an empty house you don't want to be in and you have to stay. It's the waiting, wondering of what could happen. Time dwindles away slowly and your imagination is left to it's own devices. The ghosts in this film are very unnerving and I won't go into detail why. I've never seen a film that had this kind of eerie ambience. Sometimes it makes sense and others I'm left wondering "what was that part all about". It's a film that should be watched several times to fully grasp. You are not told what to think. You are given opinions by the characters. Their individual experiences of the surreal which it only gives it more of a dream like quality. Sometimes a good movie doesn't make you feel good, it just gives you profound feelings.