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  • #31
    This is easily my favorite of the "Asian Wave," mostly due to Kurosawa's complete mastery of tone and camera. The characters aren't that deep, I'll admit, but they're easily likeable, and I care enough about them that I fear for their safety. What I love is how the film plays like a eulogy for the human race, especially in the final twenty minutes, where everything is empty and barren. Shyamalan's The Happening owes a debt to this flick.

    I watched Kurosawa's Cure today, and I enjoyed it as well, although it didn't hit me in the same way Pulse did. Above-average and creepy, but a little rote with the detective/killer dynamic, and the somewhat predictable ending.
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    • #32
      This is probably one of my favorite movies of all time, and one of the few that managed to keep me scared after I was finished watching it. My friends don't get it though, only one of them actually likes it and she doesn't think it's scary at all.
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      • #33
        I thought it was dull to watch but the ideas behind it was what had me held. The being so afraid of aloneness but still unable to connect , not even after death and the end of the world because of technology. That story made me look forwards to the sequel, I regret that now...

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        • #34
          thought this was a great asian ghost horror. just the fact that it stood out against the hundreds of others just like it. it was a bit long, and occasionally slow, but it was effectively creepy, and never lost me with goofy CGI or stupid plot twists. I have no intention on seeing the remake.

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          • #35
            The first one wasn't very good, I don't understand why to do another one. It also wasn't so succesful.
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            • #36
              I realy liked Pulse. I can see why people get bored by it because it is incredibly slow and if ghosts do nothing for you then this is sure to be a good sleeping pill. However, ghosts do something for me and the pacing helped to build up the tense atmosphere. I don't know about anyone else but that wobbly ghost scared the hell out of me! I got chills every where! The ghost at the end did the same to me too!

              It's very effective and just looking at the remake trailer completely demonstrates the difference between Japanese ghost films and American ones!
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              • #37
                Never cared for this one at all. Overlong, not all that interesting and quite dull for the most part, especially since I'm about as clueless as an infant when it comes to technology (I can master turning on a computer, getting online, opening a word document and getting into the music player/library there, but that's about it) so this one just flew right over my head most of the time, and that's not a good sign. Some of the ghost stuff was okay, but overall, I didn't really think it was all that good, but I fear I wasn't the audience for this as was explained earlier.
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by GL84 View Post
                  Never cared for this one at all. Overlong, not all that interesting and quite dull for the most part, especially since I'm about as clueless as an infant when it comes to technology (I can master turning on a computer, getting online, opening a word document and getting into the music player/library there, but that's about it) so this one just flew right over my head most of the time, and that's not a good sign. Some of the ghost stuff was okay, but overall, I didn't really think it was all that good, but I fear I wasn't the audience for this as was explained earlier.
                  What does knowing about technology have to do with enjoying this film?

                  I think Pulse is one of the greatest movies of the 2000's.


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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Se7en View Post
                    What does knowing about technology have to do with enjoying this film?

                    I think Pulse is one of the greatest movies of the 2000's.
                    Being corrupted through technology is a foreign concept for me. I know little about it. Like I said before, there's little I know about computers and the various programs and such to operate them, I don't own a cell-phone and I've never sent a text or instagram'd at all in my life, so those are all totally alien to me. Because this one focuses so heavily on saying the ghostly hauntings are caused by such means, I don't have any knowledge of what's going on when they start going off with all the computer babble and technological happenings that's portrayed in this one. It's heavily focused on an area I know nothing about.
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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by GL84 View Post
                      Being corrupted through technology is a foreign concept for me. I know little about it. Like I said before, there's little I know about computers and the various programs and such to operate them, I don't own a cell-phone and I've never sent a text or instagram'd at all in my life, so those are all totally alien to me. Because this one focuses so heavily on saying the ghostly hauntings are caused by such means, I don't have any knowledge of what's going on when they start going off with all the computer babble and technological happenings that's portrayed in this one. It's heavily focused on an area I know nothing about.
                      But the technology aspect of Pulse isn't even the focal point of the film. It wouldn't have been any scarier if you did understand what was going on since being corrupted through technology is, like, impossible.

                      I do understand why some wouldn't like the movie, but I don't see how your complaints are relevant.


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                      • #41
                        Being honest, I'm just grasping at straws. The movie sucks so I need a reason to say why. "It's too technologically advanced for me." Yeah, that works.
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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by GL84 View Post
                          Being honest, I'm just grasping at straws. The movie sucks so I need a reason to say why. "It's too technologically advanced for me." Yeah, that works.


                          Movie is so great haters can't even come up with an argument against it. Pulse stays winning.


                          Put "2 Fast 2 Furious" in B&W and Se7en thinks he's watching a Bergman film.
                          I find the Metal Gear Solid series to be mediocre at best.

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                          • #43
                            This is one of my favorites and I love how it uses this new technology at the time to scare us with familiar images and ideas.

                            [YOUTUBE]Y0FTKqEnGKI[/YOUTUBE] This still has the same effect on me today.

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