The film Pulse and its American remake had an array of interesting similarities and differences. Some pretty obvious ones were the acting, lighting, and chain of events. In the Japanese version, all the actors’ movements and reactions to even the most frightening things were very subtle and quiet whereas in the American version, the characters were much more expressive and dramatic. The lighting was extremely different: in the original, the lighting was pretty natural, except in the scenes with ghost or haunted rooms where it was typically dark. Contrastingly, in the remake, it was dark almost the entire movie except some scenes at the beginning before all of the bad things started happening. Even though there were terrible events taking place in the Japanese Pulse, it wasn’t always dark and hard to see the characters faces like it was in the American version. Something else very different was the way that the situations and the storyline are presented to the viewers. The American version provided a lot more context and background details whereas the Japanese version was very vague and somewhat open to interpretation. This may have something to do with both countries’ contrasting histories and current events around the time period of the films’ release.
Surprisingly, despite all of these major differences, there is almost exactly the same plot. There were even a few of the exact same tiny details and scenes in both films that made it very obvious that it was the same film but remade differently. For instance, the scene with the TV pausing all of the sudden was the same in both films. There were also a lot of the same settings (the library, the first character to die’s rooms) and specific details that were noticeable right away. Watching the two films back to back really made the cultural influences on the plot and film style stand out.