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Has it really been nigh on 15 years since the world of horror was changed by a small girl with long black hair and a dirty white dress crawling out of a television set? Apparently so, though the influence of Hideo Nakata’s classic “Ring” is still clearly felt in the genre worldwide, and the series now sees its fifth entry in “Sadako”, released to cinemas with a 3D gimmick. The film was written and directed by Hanabusa Tsutomu (“The Handsome Suit”), based on the new novel by original “Ring” author Suzuki Koji, and updates the formula to modern times and technology, Sadako now haunting victims via the internet and smartphones. Popular television actress Ishihara Satomi, recently in Hideo Nakata’s “The Incite Mill”, stars as a schoolteacher called Akane, who overhears her students gossiping about a mysterious internet video which drives its viewers to suicide. After one of the girls apparently kills herself, »

- James Mudge

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