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Ringu (1998)

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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Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ...
Yôichi Numata ...
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Yoshino
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 ...
Kanrinin
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Reiko Asakawa is researching into a 'Cursed Video' interviewing teenagers about it. When her niece Tomoko dies of 'sudden heart failure' with an unnaturally horrified expression on her face, Reiko investigates. She finds out that some of Tomoko's friends, who had been on a holiday with Tomoko the week before, had died on exactly the same night at the exact same time in the exact same way. Reiko goes to the cabin where the teens had stayed and finds an 'unlabeled' video tape. Reiko watched the tape to discover to her horror it is in fact the 'cursed videotape'. Ex-Husband Ryuji helps Reiko solve the mystery, Reiko makes him a copy for further investigation. Things become more tense when their son Yoichi watches the tape saying Tomoko had told him to. Their discovery takes them to a volcanic island where they discover that the video has a connection to a psychic who died 30 years ago, and her child Sadako... Written by Hana Jo Gilmour

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

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Horror | Mystery

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Kôji Suzuki got his inspiration for the Ringu novel from his favorite horror movie Poltergeist (1982). See more »

Goofs

In a close-up of Sadako in the end scene, one of her fake finger extensions is coming off. See more »

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Reiko Asakawa: Four people died from watching this videotape!
Ryuji Takayama: [laughing] Then go to the shrine and get exorcized!
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Why Hollywood Industry Insists in Spoiling Excellent Screenplays?
3 August 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The journalist Reiko Asakawa (the gorgeous Nanako Matsushima) resolves to investigate the death of four teenagers who watched a videotape that might kill the viewer seven days after watching the film. The viewer would receive a telephone call and seven days later would die. She herself finds the videotape, watches the strange movie and becomes afraid of being killed. She prepares a copy for her ex-husband, who decides to help Reiko in her investigation, specially because their son has also watched the film.

This movie is great, with characters well-defined, excellent cast and direction and a screenplay focused on the story and not in special effects. An original horror movie, with a tight plot. Why Americans insist in spoiling excellent movies? It is amazing the quantity of (expensive) remakes of marvelous foreign movies that Hollywood spoils. Once I heard that American people would not like to read subtitles, but I refuse to believe in such non-sense. The American remake 'The Ring' is not a bad movie, and Naomi Watts is a great actress. But why the remake? The modifications introduced by the American screen writer and director changed a simple and terrifying plot into an expensive, complicated and non-resolved story. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Ring - O Chamado" ("Ring - The Call")


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