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.

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Kôichi Satô ...
Mitsuo Andô
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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
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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

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


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$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Ring (1998) and this film were released in Japan at the same time. The studio hoped this would increase revenues, because the Ring story was already a successful novel and television series. The two films shared a few cast members and had the same production team, but different directors and screenwriters; Rasen was written and directed by Joji Iida whereas Ring was written by Hiroshi Takahashi and directed by Hideo Nakata. After their release, Ring became an enormous success while Rasen floundered, quickly becoming the "forgotten sequel". See more »

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Ryuji Takayama: I wonder what future he'll have.
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This is the direction the "Ring" series could have headed
29 June 2003 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

I must admit I really enjoyed this film, despite the criticism from the other comments. Maybe the fact that I saw Ring 0: Birthday before I saw this film effected the way i viewed this film, knowing Sadako's story gave me a greater understanding of the film.

The ending of the film was a tad weak, obviously setting the scene for another sequel, one we will never see due to this films failure at the box office & the making of Ring 2, which was a completely different story.

The use of music in this film was good, except for the end theme during the credits, it just did not fit with the tone of the film

While this film is not as scary as the original, it does have it's scary moments & will keep the viewer interest all the way through. Worth a look for all fans of the "Ring" series, if only to see where the series could have headed.


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