A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ring 2 (1999)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyoko Fukada
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director: Norio Tsuruta
Stars: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô
Sadako 3D (2012)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

The spiteful ghost of Sadako, a murdered woman whose body was thrown down a well, reaches Internet searching for a host in order to live once again.

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Kôji Seto, Tsutomu Takahashi
Gakkô no kaidan G (TV Movie 1998)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Features four short horror films, among those are "Katasumi" and "4444444444".

Directors: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Tetsu Maeda, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Medaka Ikeno, Aki Maeda, Masashi Muta
Ring (1998)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After losing her child at birth, the dark horror of the grudge begins growing within her.

Director: Mari Asato
Stars: Kôji Seto, Kuniteru Shigeyama, Kana Tsugihara
Kaidan (2007)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Kumiko Asô, Takaaki Enoki, Leona Hirota
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Akane begins seeing visions of a female ghost wearing the same yellow hat and red satchel she wore as a school child.

Director: Ryûta Miyake
Stars: Hiroki Suzuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa, Natsuki Kasa
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As their curse spreads on all around, the ghosts find their chance to live once again through the pregnancy of a cursed woman.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie
Ring (1999)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-bin Kim
Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Seung-hyeon Lee, Jin-yeong Jeong
Rinne (2005)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Yûka, Karina, Kippei Shîna
Sadako 2 3D (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Fuko Ando (Miori Takimoto) is a 24-years-old graduate student in psychology. She is tasked to take care of her 4-year-old niece. Soon, mysterious events occur around her niece. She then ... See full summary »

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Stars: Miori Takimoto, Kôji Seto, Kokoro Hirasawa
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Satô ...
Mitsuo Andô
...
Hinako Saeki ...
Shingo Tsurumi ...
Miyashita
Shigemitsu Ogi ...
Maekawa Keibuho
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Yoshino
Daisuke Ban ...
Heihachirô Ikuma
Naoaki Manabe ...
Kobayashi
Naoto Adachi ...
Funakoshi
Eri Kakurai ...
Rieko Andô
Ryûichi Sugahara ...
Takanori Andô
Masanobu Yada ...
Junsa Buchô
Ryûma Uchida ...
Kansatsui Joshu
Tadashi Takatsuki ...
Kirokui (as Chû Takatsuki)
Kôzô Satô ...
Shashin Gakari
Edit

Storyline

A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Spiral brings the dead back to life. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 January 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A spirál  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The author of the book, Kôji Suzuki, makes an appearance as the smiling father with his family in the fairground train. See more »

Quotes

Mitsuo Ando: There is not a man in the world who would wish his own son dead.
Mai Takano: Dr Ando, Dr Takayama didn't want Yoichi to die. He wanted to save him... for Reiko.
See more »

Connections

Version of Rasen (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Yuganda tokei
Performed by HIIH
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rasen (1998)
2 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I just want to start by saying I don't find this film anywhere near as bad as most seem to. The mistake is viewing this as a direct sequel to "Ringu", made at the same time by a different director it of course does not have the same feel, or menace as its predecessor. Since most people will watch the original first the change in tone is hard to accept. A lot of people also declare this to detach itself too far from the original and explain too much of the mystery with science. When in fact the first two Ring novels have a firm root in science. I also found "Ringu 2" to be just as guilty at favouring science over the unknown, the difference being "Rasen" does explain things thoroughly. The major disappointment here is that I never really felt anything close to fear, or even uneasiness. However in terms of drama, and expanding on the first this film succeeds. The cinematography is just stunning, and the final scene is a scene I find just as disturbing as the ending of "Ringu", not in a fear inducing way, but in a contemplative sort of way. It is also a beautiful scene, and the whole film is well shot. Unlike "Ringu" the acting is a mixed bag, Koichi Sato just about holds up, but as the lead he seems to struggle with acting with emotion, which is a minus considering his character deals with suicide. Overall I think the film should be watched, as a side-note to "Ringu" but judged on its own merits, as it certainly surpasses many scientific thrillers around.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what order do these films go in?? nuttypunkrock-1
Rasen vs Ring 2 Fsbof90
Ryuji is 'Rasen' angelicme_
huh wat the hell is this movie?!?!? razor248725
Video from Ryuji's Appartment... Question angelicme_
Where can I find it? mattqatsi
Discuss Rasen (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?