'Kairo' (2001) Review

“Kairo”: Japan. The beginning of the 21st century. The first mass wave of computerization. Strange and terrible things happen in Tokyo. A student of the faculty of Economics Ryosuke tries to understand the Internet and installs on computer a strange program that shows unpleasant images of people. Poorly versed in computers, Ryosuke turns to the faculty of computer science for help, to a pretty girl named Harue.

Meanwhile, in the city there are mysterious doors sealed around the perimeter with red tape. These doors close the entrance to the forbidden room. Anyone who dares to enter the forbidden room sees a terrible Ghost, falls into depression and then commits suicide, leaving behind only a dark spot on the wall.

The ghosts are gradually taking over Tokyo, the city is getting empty. On TV, constantly broadcast lists of people missing. The student and his new friend, a girl named Miti try to save Harue, but she kills herself with a gunshot to the head. Young people sit in a boat to leave the deserted city…

“Kairo” - Japanese horror film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The film is one of several famous Japanese horror films shot at the turn of the century. Along with the pictures «Ringu» (1998), «Ju-on» (2002) and «Honogurai mizu no soko kara» (2001). However, “Kairo” is not so much a horror film as a philosophical parable about loneliness, death and the problems of the inhabitants of big cities.

In 2006, Hollywood released a remake of the film called «Pulse». The main roles in the remake were played by Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder.