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

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[Ando rushes after Ryuji]
Mitsuo Ando: Takayama! What about your boy? Don't you want him back too? We still have his cells... We could do it now!
Ryuji Takayama: I couldn't be so cruel. I couldn't bring Yoichi back into this world.
Mitsuo Ando: [stuttering] Y-you're wrong. You're wrong.
Ryuji Takayama: Ando... It will be many, many, many years before I can sleep easy.
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Not sure where in the sequence this one falls...but do know I did not care for it much.
16 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

This film follows the Japanese version of the Ring known as Ringu. Where it follows I am not sure. The back of my box which is a collection of the Japanese Rings places it second, however the alternate title here suggests it was the fourth film. All I know is that this film is a sequel to Ringu, but a disappointing one. There are things that follow the first film, then things that are completely wrong and this one makes the mistake of trying to logically explain things and give reasons for what is happening. Kind of like the Phantasm series, the first one you wondered what the heck was going on and in the later installments they tried to explain everything and it just was not as intriguing anymore.

The story starts out with a man autopsying a former colleague who was the father in the first film. This leads to the best scene in the movie as this autopsy is rather bloody. Too bad that the highlight of the film is like less than ten minutes in. This doctor lost a son and soon stumbles upon the cursed video tape. He begins seeing things, and it is not long until he has played the video. However, things completely go off track as they start introducing a sort of virus in this one seemingly dismissing the little girl all together. And it is not even a little girl this time!

Yes, this film tries to scientifically explain things this time and it just does not work. Not for me anyway. It also changes the little girl into a woman. Maybe this was not the second installment and things were explained in the previous flicks, I only went by the order given me on the box, but I still hate the cause for all the deaths and stuff they give here.

So, what we get is a sequel that changes things around, but still has the core from the original. It may be enjoyable for some, I enjoyed it up to a point, but I certainly thought the ending was very dull. I do hope the movie titled Ringu 2 is better than this one was.


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