Taguchi, a young computer analyst, is found hanging dead in his apartment. Totally shocked, his colleagues try to find the reason for his inexplicable suicide. One clue indicates the beginning of the enigma – mysterious evidence left by the victim that is contained on a simple computer floppy disc. Apparently the disc conceals a virus that contaminates its users, and changes their behaviour radically. In Tokyo, the fear spreads like wildfire as the virus travels through the computer networks. Small groups of young people get together and try to resist as the disappearances multiply. –Cannes Film Festival
Born in Kobe on July 19, 1955, Kiyoshi Kurosawa is not related to director Akira Kurosawa. After studying at Rikkyo University in Tokyo under the guide of prominent film critic Shigehiko Hasumi, where he began making 8mm films, Kurosawa began directing commercially in the 1980s, working on pink films and low-budget V-Cinema (direct-to-video) productions such as formula yakuza pictures. In the early 1990s, he won a scholarship to the Sundance Institute and was able to study filmmaking in the United States, although he had been directing for nearly ten years professionally.
Kurosawa first achieved international acclaim with his serial killer film Kyua (Cure) (1997). Also that year, Kurosawa experimented by filming two thrillers back-to-back, Serpent’s Path and Eyes of the Spider, both of which shared the same premise (a father taking revenge for his child’s murder) and lead actor (Show Aikawa) but spun entirely different stories.
Kurosawa followed up Cure with a semi-sequel… read more
Who wrote this? the synopsis belongs to another (excellent) movie of the same director, KAIRO.
Boiler pot suspsense meets modern J horror ghost story perfection. One of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's strongest films, much better than the muddled Charisma". The story of a psychic who finally gets it right and how it makes everything in her life go wrong, becomes a ghost story and a kidnapping thriller with such ease and grace, you feel it could go on to become a gangster film or a romance without missing a beat(not that it does, but it could). Nothing feels out of place, forced, or inauthentic which considering how superficially pulpy it sounds on paper was considerably effective.
The plot synopsis on this page is very accurate, but of a completely different Kurosawa movie ('Kairo,' AKA 'Pulse')! To be sure, both movies riff off of contemporary pop horror cinema, and both are really about alienation and hopelessness. And both are derivative: Kairo is a reimagining of the technological horror genre (think 'One Missed Call'), while this movie is based, loosely, on 'Seance on a Wet Afternoon.'
The movie falls apart for me, because of the lack of believability in the actions of the characters. I do think there are some genuinely fantastic moments. But I feel that there are more moments where the film is just confused as to what it wants to be. Not quite a good or bad movie.