Though ostensibly a film about feelings of detachment in the face technological advancement and interconnectedness, Kurosawa's chilly, lurching masterwork is one of cinema's most powerful depictions of the loneliness that has always pervaded the human experience. In his vision, the internet isn't responsible for the ache of solitude (but it sharpens it) and even death cannot assuage this pain.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa appears to have a brain of utterly original vintage. The way he blocks things out and constructs regimes of screen activity bears witness to a strident singularity. This is not a man striving to be different. This is a man who simply is different, down to the helices. PULSE is one of his masterpieces. It is about anomie, confusion, and depredation. Bleak as hell, yes. But incandescent.
Way ahead of its time in the sense that it's a prelude to the hikikimori societal crisis, isolation and the mental illness that comes along with it. To top it all, the mood, atmosphere and effects are so unsettling makes you want to move away from the screen, specially the close in voices and painted shadows. There is kind of an awkward moment when the "optmistic" hero can't lift the girl in the end by himself tho..
Sometimes stunning film but also frustrating. The first hour is very strong but then the movie falls into a meandering mode that leaves the audience adrift. When the ending comes the promise of the first half of the movie is not delivered upon which is a shame. Still there are many scenes to admire in here and as a think piece it works great. And it was rather prophetic too which is cool...
Pulse, plutôt bien réalisé par Kiyoshi Kurosawa, est un bon film d'horreur japonais utilisant la technologie et internet pour exprimer la solitude d'une génération qui croit pouvoir utiliser la machine pour se rapprocher. Erreur. Le film a quelques scènes vraiment abjectes et horrifiques, plutôt intenses, mais perd de l'intérêt à un scénario pauvre, cliché, et au final trop peu original.
An early film to explore (abstractly) the internet as an avenue by which we seek connection and in the process isolate ourselves ever further. I really admire the way the world of the characters gradually becomes part of the metaphor, with more and more people disappearing, and the leads getting continually lonelier and lonelier as they start to actively drift into abstract locations.
We talk about prescience of technological vision, but never emotional vision. 'Pulse' is about the betrayal of a utopia promising connection, instead enhancing isolation. It nails a sense of wonder, dread and melancholia, eschewing answers in favour of ambience. I wonder if this will ring true for generations who won't remember the time of dial-up and PS1, Resident Evil and communities forged with sincerity.
If I make a logical system built based from the movie, it just simply wouldn't make any sense. Some parts of the movie contradicts it self and it seems like it's not made on purpose. But I've got to admit, there are a lot of details from the movie that I really adore and I believe there are sequel for this, American remake, but I think I'm going to skipped it.
Be warned, this film is really slow paced. The way it's shot and how it managed to portrait such common fears as loneliness and death are not to be ignored, but there are too many blank moments that don't justify it being 2 hours long. Best part were the shadows left on the walls - dark, undefined, but definitely human looking, creepy as fuck! If it weren't for those scenes, I wouldn't even remember I watched this.
A complete invasion of our illusionary space, ghosts, like computers isolate our surroundings. "Pulse" gives us a clear portrayal of an apocalypse after the world has gone missing presumably accounting for those gone and missing on the web. See the dead on screen as bodily projections and see yourself on the screen right next to them.