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Ring (1998)
"Ringu" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  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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Heihachirô Ikuma
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Komiya Kameraman (as Kanehiro Ri)
Yûrei Yanagi ...
AD Okazaki
Yôko Ohshima ...
Reiko no Oba
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Yoshimi Ôishi
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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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Kôji Suzuki got his inspiration for the Ringu novel from his favorite horror movie Poltergeist (1982). See more »


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Have to disagree with Mike, the original is better.
3 December 2004 | by (Baarn, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the comment above from Mike Washen. Indeed, the storyline of both movies is similar for the first part of the movie (no complaints so far), but the second part of the originals movie is more believable IMHO. The original has only one real special effect but this does not mean that the movie isn't scary. Especially due to this lack of special effects a better thrill is created al throughout the movie. One sees just enough to get scared. The originals story builds up a tad more slowly which gives a better story overall. If you are going for special effects, take the remake. If you like to see all 4 movies and like a scary experience overall take the original.

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