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Ringu -- A mysterious video kills whomever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery.


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Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay)
Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Release Date:
31 January 1998 (Japan) See more »
Will scare the hell out of you! See more »
Ruthlessly murdered by her father, the ghost of a seer's daughter kills all those seven days after they watch the strange contents of a mysterious video tape, unless the viewer finds the escape clause. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Nanako Matsushima ... Reiko Asakawa

Miki Nakatani ... Mai Takano

Yûko Takeuchi ... Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ... Masami
Yôichi Numata ... Takashi Yamamura
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yoshino
Katsumi Muramatsu ... Kôichi Asakawa
Rikiya Ôtaka ... Yôichi Asakawa
Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
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
Rie Ino'o ... Sadako Yamamura
Hiroyuki Tanabe ... Hayatsu
Miwako Kaji ... Kazue Yamamura
Yôko Honma ... Chûgakusei A
Asami Nagata ... Chûgakusei B
Yukiko Shimodaira ... Chûgakusei C
Keiko Yoshida ... Kôkôsei A
Yoshiko Matsumaru ... Kôkôsei B (as Yûko Matsumaru)
Ayumu Naose ... Kôkôsei C
Maki Ikeda ... Yôko Tsuji
Takashi Takayama ... Takehiko Nômi
Chihiro Shirai ... Sadako as a Young Girl
Toshihiko Takeda ... Seinen Jidai no Yamamura
Mantarô Koichi ... Kôkaidô no Shikôyaku
Shin'ichi Noda ... Kisha Daihyô A
Shigefumi Nakai ... Kisha Daihyô B
Yûki Takahata
Mutsuko Ôshima
Taku Kobayashi
Hiromi Murata
Kazuhiro Yokoyama
Mizuho Kinoshita
Toshinori Yoshino
Asami Ishikawa

Hiroyuki Sanada ... Ryûji Takayama

Directed by
Hideo Nakata 
Writing credits
Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay)

Kôji Suzuki (novel)

Produced by
Masato Hara .... executive producer
Takashige Ichise .... producer
Makoto Ishihara .... associate producer
Tatsuya Isomura .... line producer
Shin'ya Kawai .... producer
Takenori Sentô .... producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Jun'ichirô Hayashi 
Film Editing by
Nobuyuki Takahashi 
Production Design by
Iwao Saitô 
Makeup Department
Yûichi Matsui .... key special makeup artist
Takuya Wada .... special makeup coordinator
Production Management
Tetsuya Nakamura .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kuni Risho .... assistant director
Sound Department
Yoshiya Obara .... sound
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
Special Effects by
Hajime Matsumoto .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Hajime Matsumoto .... visual effects supervisor
Other crew
Mizuho Kudô .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ring" - UK, USA (literal English title)
"The Ring" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The characters of Sadako and Shizuko are named after and loosely based on two real women. Both were taken under the wing of Professor Fukurai Tomokichi and, whilst not actually mother and daughter, Takahashi Sadako did work with the professor soon after Chizuko's suicide. Neither woman possessed the gift of nensha, but another student of the professor, Nagao Ikuko, was believed to have this power.See more »
Continuity: At the beginning of the movie, the TV in Tomoko's room is on. However, in the next scene when Tomoko has a close up, it's off. Neither Masami or Tomoko had switched it off.See more »
Ryuji Takayama:Let's find Sadako's body!
Reiko Asakawa:If we do that it'll lift the curse? Will it save Yoichi?
Ryuji Takayama:It's all we have left to do.
Reiko Asakawa:[whispering] Just one more day...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Survive Style 5+ (2004)See more »
Feels Like 'Heaven'See more »


Does the movie show what's on the tape?
How does Reiko get the photos of Tomoko and her friends at the cabin?
How and why did Sadako create the videotape?
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19 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely Terrifying, 3 February 2005
Author: relwes from United Kingdom

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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