A dystopian allegory (or perhaps a dark prophecy) about modern man’s relationship with technology and the stories patiently hiding in the back end of our every online transaction, until they take over every inch of our being, unfolds around a hair-raising discovery: spirits from another world are spreading like a virus through networks and computer monitors, haunting the users and transforming them into ghosts resembling ashy shadows. Commenting on the fledgling, in 2021, tradition of J-horror and responding to the pop obsessions of the genre with a fluid, almost transcendent imagery, one of the most important Japanese directors evokes humanity’s innermost fear of machines to produce his own ghostly poetics of existential hues.
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Direction: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Script: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Cinematography: Junichiro Hayashi
Editing: Jyunichi Kikuchi
Sound: Makio Ika
Music: Takeshi Haketa
Actors: Haruhiko Kato, Kumiko Asō , Koyuki Kurume Arisaka, Masatoshi Matsuo, Show Aikawa, Jun Fubuki, Shinji Takeda, Kōji Yakusho
Production: Kadokawa Pictures, Ntv Network, Hakuhodo Inc., Imagica Corp. Film
Producers: Shun Shimizu, Seiji Okuda, Takeshi Inoue, Atsuyuki Shimoda
Production Design: Tomoyuki Maruo
Executive producer: Yasuyoshi Tokuma
Format: Blue-ray
Color: Color
Production Country: Japan
Production Year: 2001
Duration: 118'
Contact: Kadokawa Pictures

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiroshi Kurosawa was born in Kōbe in 1955. He directed his first short films in Super 8 when he was a sociology student. He started to direct commercial films in 1983. He directed many video films (or direct-to-video) before the presentation of Cure (1997) abroad earned him international recognition. He subsequently directed around thirty films, including Pulse (2001), Jellyfish (2002), Retribution (2006) and Tokyo Sonata (2008). In 2011, his television series Shokuzai was widely acclaimed. He currently teaches at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His film, Journey to the Shore won the Best Director Award in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In 2020, he won the Silver Lion at Mostra de Venice with Wife of a Spy.


1983 Kandagawa Pervert Wars
1989 Sweet Home
1997 Cure
1999 Charisma
2001 Pulse
2015 Journey to the Shore
2020 Wife of a Spy