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Kairo (Korean Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.8 out of 10 (15)

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From Cure to Loft, horror master Kurosawa Kiyoshi has a knack for getting under the skin with films that connect to a deep and unsettling fear. Based on his own novel, Kurosawa's 2001 work Kairo (a.k.a Pulse), which saw an American remake in 2006, revolves around a ghost website and supernatural forces that enter the human world through the internet. In using the internet as his premise, Kurosawa makes a statement on how technology affects daily lives and communication in contemporary Japan. More than just a ghost film, Kairo explores themes of isolation, alienation, and the very nature of human existence, presenting a piercingly unnerving vision of life, death, and self.

Plant sales company worker Kudo Michi (Aso Kumiko) goes to her co-worker's apartment to pick up a work disk, only to find that he has committed suicide. The computer disk he left behind leads to a strange website with disturbing images. In another part of town, computer novice Kawashima Ryosuke (Kato Haruhiko) logs into the internet for the first time, and finds himself at a strange website with the message "Would you like to meet a ghost?". As more people happen on the website, strange incidents begin to occur around the city, including a trend of people taping their doors and windows with red tape and committing suicide. Ryosuke, along with computer students Harue (Koyuki) and Yoshizaki (Takeda Shinji), decide to investigate, discovering the chilling truth behind the website.

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Product Title: Kairo (Korean Version) Kairo (Korean Version) Kairo (Korean Version) Kairo (Korean Version) 회로 (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Yakusho Koji | Takeda Shinji | Aikawa Sho | Kato Haruhiko | Aso Kumiko | Koyuki | Kurosawa Kiyoshi 役所廣司 | 武田真治 | 哀川翔 | 加藤晴彥 | 麻生久美子 | 小雪 | 黑澤清 役所广司 | 武田真治 | 哀川翔 | 加藤晴彦 | 麻生久美子 | 小雪 | 黑泽清 役所広司 | 武田真治 | 哀川翔 | Kato Haruhiko | 麻生久美子 | 小雪 | 黒沢清 Yakusho Koji | Takeda Shinji | Aikawa Sho | Kato Haruhiko | Aso Kumiko | Koyuki | Kurosawa Kiyoshi
Release Date: 2005-04-15
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Korean
Country of Origin: Hong Kong, Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: EnterOne
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003996185

Product Information

* Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix : Dolby 2.0
* DVD Type : N/A
* Extras :
- 예고편
- 스틸갤러리
- CAST & CREW

* Director : 구로사와 기요시

- 일본 공포 영화의 거장 구로사와 기요시 감독!
- 제54회 칸국제영화제 국제비평가연맹상 수상작

평범한 직장여성인 쿠도 미치와 대학생인 카와시마 료스케 주변에서 언제부턴가 이상한 현상이 벌어진다. 미치의 동료는 자살하고 사장은 실종되었으며 애인이나 가족까지 하나둘씩 사라져 버리는 것이다. 또한 료스케가 사용하는 컴퓨터 화면에 유령을 만나고 싶냐는 메세지가 뜨면서 검은 자루를 쓴 남자가 류스케를 덮치는 일을 당한 뒤, 류스케는 이 싸이트를 연구하는 친구를 찾아간다. 하지만 친구는 커녕 모든 사람들이 사라지고 없다.
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Professional Review of "Kairo (Korean Version)"

July 25, 2007

This professional review refers to Kairo (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
I'm gonna start this review with a little literary diversion. Sometime fantasist John Crowley wrote a book a few years back entitled Aegypt. The title was a deliberate displacement, taking an archaic spelling of Egypt and infusing that name with a mythic, alternate reality. By the same token, the film Pulse is also known as Kairo. Now this is not a deliberate thing, of course, Kairo being Japanese for 'circuit' - bear with me here - but it works on a similar level. Kairo is a film that deals in displaced realities, an alternate and vaguely exotic world where the gaps between the spiritual and technical are dissolving. And so I like to think that maybe, just maybe, the title might deliberately be invoking Cairo, a city steeped in its own mythic history where the boundaries between the living and the dead are, in the popular imagination, blurred.

Whether this is the case or not, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's movie plays on visual puns. The first characters of the film are workers in a rooftop nursery - an isolated, lush environment far removed from the technological landscape that litters the streets below. It is a nice ploy that the initial run of cyber-ghosts into the real world starts here. In a matter of moments we are taken from the nurturing if artificial natural world of the nursery into a place where the artificial is techno bound and omni present - all insidious and malevolent.

One of the nursery co-workers, Taguchi, has not arrived for work with an all important floppy disk. Michi (Kumiko Aso) goes to his apartment - dimly lit and claustrophobic after the airy rooftop greenery - only to find him non-communicative. Tagachi disappears for a moment and silently hangs himself. To top things off, and to really take this film out of any kind of normality, his body later appears to blur into the wall, leaving a dark burnt stain.

Elsewhere, college student, luddite and our eventual hero Ryosuke Kawashima (Haruhiko Kato) is discovering the joys of the Internet for the first time. Kurosawa's concern with the Net as a controlled and limited gateway to the world are here first expressed as Kawashima's computer acts with a mind of its own, taking him to a site that asks "Would you like to meet ghosts?". The computer eventually starts turning on by itself and Kawashima, baffled and more than a little concerned, visits computer lecturer Harue (Koyuki) for help.

It soon becomes apparent that people all over Tokyo are experiencing the same thing on their computers. The Net appears to have become a means for the Restless Dead to cross over and infect the living who, in turn, suicide and cross over themselves, thus creating a 'circuit' between life and death.

It is not a stretch to suggest that Kurosawa's film owes much to the Ring cycle with its concerns of a technological society becoming dehumanised and isolated. So, yeah, sure it sits as part of a slew of films that deal with the same things - if it's not the Net, it's a video, a phone, a lift - but Kairo/Pulse has a strong and unique visual presence. I was reminded of William Gibson's Neuromancer, where the skies are the "colour of television, tuned to a dead channel".

It's an apt quote, in many ways, for this film in which the circuit remains unbroken and the world spirals to an apocalypse as inevitable and unstoppable as that in the conclusion of The Return of the Living Dead. But Kurosawa's film turns that American notion of zombies hungry for the brains of the living on its head: here the ghosts are the living and the dead long for life.

It's a strange, simple conceit but Kairo/Pulse remains a fine, unsettling film.

by Alan Gelder - heroic-cinema.com

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Customer Review of "Kairo (Korean Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7.8 out of 10 (15)

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August 2, 2007

This customer review refers to Kairo (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Creepy Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Please do not watch Pulse, the American version of Kairo. Only watch it afterwards Kairo, and laugh, grimace or realise how much the has been cut, changed and poorly done.

Kairo is better seen with an understanding of the Japanese culture, the American did not have this clearly defined in Pulse and just generally made it less... enjoyable. One thing Pulse misinterpreted was the fact that the red tape didn't keep the ghosts out, but rather served as a warning to the living and kept the ghosts within a confined area.

The movie is creepy, has it's profound moments when you have to think, why would someone do that? But not in a silly way. The main theme of the movie is isolation, or really alienation within a society.

I've come to notice that someone has given each "good" review of this movie a "not helpful" rating, and surely this was some work of someone who didn't like this movie much. Have your own opinions, just don't ruin everyone elses reviews.
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April 29, 2007

This customer review refers to Kairo (Pulse) Deluxe Edition (Japan Version - English Subtitles)
1 people found this review helpful

Suspensely horror Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Reason why I watch this is coz i love horror. The actors acted well. with atmospheric scenes. But the only prob is i think it's rather too long. 2hrs. I shall watch the american remake too.
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March 3, 2007

This customer review refers to Kairo (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
3 people found this review helpful

Pulse!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I've finally watched Pulse. The remake of this. In fact, it isn't bad at all. I've rate it at 10/10. After watching the remake, I finally understand everything in the movie. I think the remake makes me understand much better. Now i also suggest them to make part 2. About how the two ppl who r still alive take back their city. There must be a way!!
It should be very interesting.
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February 25, 2007

This customer review refers to Kairo (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

could be have better Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I think the ending could be have better. Harue and the guy in the ship could have gone somewhere else and met new ppl and there goes part 2. I suggest them to make Kairo 2.
I've not watched the american remake, Pulse. I went to a website and they said the remake has lame casts and lame story. As so, I don't think I wanna watch the remake.
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February 25, 2007

This customer review refers to Kairo (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
2 people found this review helpful

could be have better Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I think the ending could be have better. Harue and the guy in the ship could have gone somewhere else and met new ppl and there goes part 2. I suggest them to make Kairo 2.
I've not watched the american remake, Pulse. I went to a website and they said the remake has lame casts and lame story. As so, I don't think I wanna watch the remake.
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