Steve Hutchison reviews 50 of the best wizard movies. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
If Kairo was thirty minutes shorter, it would be a better movie. It’s a film that won’t age well considering it’s about haunted technology; about ghosts on the Internet, in fact. The procedural, here, is a 101 class about the world-wide web and about specters the way writer and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa sees them. They are kind of shadowy. They are doppelgangers. They are whatever they need to be.
The film is sporadically creepy. Precisely, it contains four or five genuine scares and everything else is filler. A lot of time is spent in the company of characters who investigate and speculate as to the nature of the paranormal threat. No Japanese ghost story goes without a heavy procedural. There just isn’t enough material, here, for an enjoyable feature film. This is a one trick pony.
There’s a good concept buried in here, but it won’t stand the test of time. It’s not like Kairo’s underlying drama redeems it. We don’t care about the characters, their backstory or their fate. The film is competently directed and looks professional, though. The two stories; yes, two, are clear if you have enough attention span, but they’re not concise. This one is too complex for most audiences.