The acting here is not too embarrassing for a foreign film, the actors here do a competent job. Although I did have a tough time differentiating between the different characters, a blame that lies somewhere between the actors and the script. Each person, no matter how big or small the role, must have defining and memorable characteristics in order for the audience to remember them. Here, everyone sort of blends into each other and the result is definitely chaotic and at times, made the film almost unbearable to watch. Director Kurosawa has a lot of potential as a visual filmmaker, but (since he also wrote this!) he needs to work from someone elseís screenplay - he could do wonders with the right material. As far as this one goes, itís a Rubik's cube of a film, and we all know how long and arduous those take to figure out. Someone really needed to check the throat of this film, because the pulse here is faint at best.
The Making Of Pulse: Behind The Scenes Footage (41:01): It was weird, but this one started off playing four trailers of the film. (Strange since the extras have a trailer section already!) Then goes to on set stuff, with talks of performance and props, as well as some one on one interviews with Director Kurosawa thrown in between. This is very detailed, just as if you were standing right there on the set, but does all of this make for a good featurette? Yes and no. I liked the revealing tidbits the director dropped in interviews, but felt a little bored just standing around the set, waiting for something to happen. (And at a 41 minute running time, it shows!) That kind of stuff is for a film crew, not a film fan. This one comes to life only when itís about the directorís process.
Also included are a PULSE Trailer, as well as Previews for the films ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, BUBBLE, THE WAR WITHIN, and A LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN.