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Kairo (2001)

  Tags: Asian Horror, end of the world, ghosts, japan, japanese, kairo, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, pulse, spirits

Your rating: None Average: 7 (3 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Runtime: 
118 minutes
Cast: 
Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Aso, Koyuki, Jun Fubuki, Shinji Takeda


I heard about this movie a while back and thought the trailer for it looked pretty cool, so I decided to go on a hunt for it. It took me a while, but I finally got my hands on a VHS copy of this. You might think that the plot is nothing original, but this film has a lot of originality in it. I guess it's so good that Hollywood wants Wes Craven to do a remake of it under the American-translated title Pulse. To go more into the plot, it's basically about the ghost world actually being so full of ghosts that it has run out of room to hold them all so some ghosts are left going into our realm of existence. That would explain why ghosts would get to us by computer, because they travel through the internet. It sounds silly at first, but when you actually see the movie it's actually quite interesting and original. The concept is also similar to the saying in Dawn of the Dead - "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth."

In order for the ghosts to stop from people dying and more ghosts being created and overflowing their already-filled up world they would make living people disappear into their own loneliness. They would show themselves to people which would somewhat make them go crazy and eventually turn into nothingness. Eventually towards the end of the movie the whole city is pretty much gone and it closely resembles that of the end of the world. I didn't really expect the ghosts to get that far, but it was damn cool that they did. I liked how the director made the movie focus on different people and how the ghosts affect their lives. Later on the people meet up, which I thought was also cool. The movie has a lot of creepy and suspenseful scenes, though it's rather long so it does have its slow points.

I also liked how the director made the scenes even creepier by blocking out all sound except the faint whispers of "help me" that certain ghosts would echo. I thought that was a VERY good way to freak out the viewer. There are some small similarities to Ringu in here, but nothing big enough to consider it a rip-off. I liked how the ghosts would appear and disappear through scenes of the movie. I decided to go with a 7-rating because I enjoyed it and thought it had a lot cool scenes and special effects. I would have given it a higher rating if there more going on. Still a good movie though. So the question is would it make a good remake? I think it would. It has a cool concept and a lot of good scenes that would scare the audience. I'm not much of a Wes Craven fan, so I can't really say if Wes can pull off the effectiveness of the original. We'll have to wait and see. It's good to see Hollywood finally noticing that the audience wants scares and not the regular teens getting killed by a masked maniac.

This is yet another good horror movie to come out of Japan. It has a lot of innovative and creepy scenes. The concept is also very good. It's almost 2 hours so it has a lot of slow moments, but if you're into it as much as I was you'll enjoy it. Check this out.

Posted on August 16, 2009 - 5:48pm | FrighT MasteR

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