Ring (1998)
"Ringu" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  31 January 1998 (Japan)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ...
Yôichi Numata ...
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Katsumi Muramatsu ...
Rikiya Ôtaka ...
Yôichi Asakawa
Masako ...
Daisuke Ban ...
Heihachirô Ikuma
Hiroshi Sakuma ...
Komiya Kameraman (as Kanehiro Ri)
Yûrei Yanagi ...
AD Okazaki
Yôko Ohshima ...
Reiko no Oba
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Yoshimi Ôishi
Makoto Kakeda ...


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One curse, one cure, one week to find it. See more »


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Release Date:

31 January 1998 (Japan)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)


SGD 1,706,363 (Singapore) (15 October 1999)

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The close-up of Sadako's eye near the end of the film was performed by a male crew member. See more »


One the pictures received from photo shop there is a date, August 29, 1997. Later on the story tells "September 13, Monday". September 13, 1997 was Saturday. See more »


Reiko Asakawa: Four people died from watching this videotape!
Ryuji Takayama: [laughing] Then go to the shrine and get exorcized!
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Absolutely Terrifying
3 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a superb horror film. There's something about this film which gets under your skin, into your nervous system, and then it turns out the lights and creeps maliciously into your brain. The film has few jump-out-of-your-seat moments, and minimal violence, but as the plot develops the atmosphere becomes almost unbearably sinister and unpleasant. The climax of this film is one of the most frightening scenes in the history of cinema, and is guaranteed to turn your bones to jelly and leave you a quivering dribbling psychological mess.

Forget the pointless Hollywood remake, go and see this film today! There are no cheap tricks here, no melodrama, just poker-faced top performances from the cast, and some genuinely unsettling dark ideas which will bubble away in your subconscious for years to come.

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