Pulse (2001) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Pulse (2001)

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  • Release Date:  2001
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Screenwriter:  Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Cast & Crew: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka, Masatoshi Matsuo, Shinji Takeda, Jun Fubuki, Shun Sugata, Shô Aikawa, Kôji Yakusho, Kenji Mizuhashi, Takumi Tanji, Hassei Takano, Atsushi Yuki, Go Takashima

Pulse (2001) Rating:

  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Eloise = 4 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.6 / 10

Pulse (2001) Synopsis:

A strange internet website seems to be the cause of a series of suicide affecting students from a Japanese University.

Pulse (2001) Review:

Pulse, by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (who also made the very good The Cure), is another Japanese ghost movie in the vein of The Ring, Ju-On or again One Missed Call.

The movie’s story is centered on the internet and computers, but the scenario is far from a simple one. Instead, you’ll find yourself immersed in a very confusing plot, quite hard to follow too. Some of the character behavior does not fully make sense until the very end… and even then, what’s exactly happening in the movie remains unclear.

Such an obscure story has some advantages. For example, it makes the movie unpredictable. It also contributes to the already very dark and oppressive atmosphere. On the other hand, it also makes it a little less interesting to follow than other, easier to understand, ghosts movies. The fact that, like a lot of Japanese horror movie, Pulse is extremely slow paced, makes it even harder to follow.

But if you manage to see through that, and make it through the first hour, you will find yourself immersed in a really creepy story. Pulse has its moments, and some of them are very, very scary. Those scary bits are a bit scarce however, but that only makes then more powerful.

One thing is however for sure, Pulse is a great ghost movie that it a thousand time more atmospheric and scarier than the American remake released a few years later.

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