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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AD Okazaki
Yôko Ohshima ...
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$1,200,000 (estimated)


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

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A joy (or rather, terror) to watch!
29 May 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Forget the fact it's subtitled - that only adds to the effect. The director's use of angles, sudden appearances of characters in the frame, wonderfully puzzling flashback and periods of absolute silence combine to form THE best horror film I've seen in years. Forget Blair Witch, this is a true horror story - it could happen to anyone. The Japanese location may make the story more remote, but also makes it more mysterious. The story would work in another locale, say, the Deep South, US, but there's just something about "Ring" which works due to its defiance to comply with cliche. Just when you think you've got the film nailed down and swaggeringly predict the next events, you're proven totally wrong and dealt the double joy and horror of a perfectly timed shock revelation or two. No spoilers about the ending, needless to say, you will not see this one coming...

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