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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 who watch a weird video after 7 days; unless the viewer finds the escape clause. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ringu and The Ring See more (405 total) »


  (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" - International (English title), UK, USA (literal English title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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In Spain was an re-release in 2016, only in Barcelona (Phenomena). The film was projected for 1 day in subtitled version and 35 mm. copy.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 »
Reiko Asakawa:Four people died from watching this videotape!
Ryuji Takayama:[laughing] Then go to the shrine and get exorcized!
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Feels Like 'Heaven'See more »


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50 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Ringu and The Ring, 6 July 2006
Author: worldsofdarkblue from Toronto

Unlike some reviewers here, I'm happy to have seen Hollywood's 'The Ring' first. Now that I've seen both I would have to say that 'Ringu' is the better film (marginally).

The Hollywood version was quite an unsettling experience in it's own right and having seen it first I rather expected 'Ringu' would be a 'ruined' experience as I was already familiar with the overall story and, of course, THE scene. After all, when the scene finally occurs in 'The Ring' the unexpectedness of it very much increases the shock of it. I hadn't been truly frightened by a scene from a horror movie for a very long time so I was unequivocally impressed.

So when I got around to watching 'Ringu' my expectation was low. I assumed that the absence of surprise would diminish the experience greatly but, as it turns out, the difference in the styles (and some of the substance as well) was adequate enough to scare me all over again even though I thought I knew what to expect. Somehow I doubt that this would have been the case if I'd watched these movies in reverse order. I believe 'The Ring' would have been less enjoyable as it likely would have suffered from comparison.

The familiarity actually served as a primer for watching the original. I've found that reading subtitles often detracts from the complete enjoyment of a film as one's appreciation of the visual content usually suffers from the distraction. In this case though, I found it to be less of a problem. Of course it certainly doesn't hurt to have the ability to rewind and in instances where I was unable to finish reading the dialogue completely you can be sure that I made use of it.

The first difference that struck me was the teens found in the car. Like the girl in the closet in 'The Ring' their faces are frozen into grotesque masks, but the more terrifying aspect is that they have been 'gotten to' outside of their homes and all at the same time. This really drives home the realization that there may be no way to escape this thing. Safety in numbers? Nope. Don't go home? Nope, won't help.

'Ringu' is somewhat more detailed in providing background than is 'The Ring'. The demonic child is shown in a scene that was omitted from the copied version and it adds a little something extra to our understanding of this terrifying entity. Also, I found that the valiant attempt to lift the curse by trying to 'free' the spirit from the well was more intense and claustrophobic (not to mention yuckier) than the American film.

But what is it exactly that is so disquieting about both versions? Well, to begin with, the seemingly unrelated, disjointed and positively eerie imagery that is seen on the mysterious videotape really gets under the skin. The first time we see these we are troubled by the strangeness of them and thoroughly perplexed as to their meaning. We come to realize that a seed of uneasiness has been planted within us. The direction is masterful at nourishing this seed not only by showing short repeats of these images, but also by giving us incremental hints of what is still to come. We are briefly shown the well. Briefly again, the beginning of emergence. Briefly again, it's almost out. More and more I found myself getting cold shivers at each progression. The uneasiness is becoming dread.

But there's something else that frightens apart from the film's construction. Is it the ultimate realization that this thing will not be placated no matter the heroic and well-intentioned efforts of the film's principal leads? Yes, that's an acutely chilling slant to be sure. But ultimately, I feel that the most disturbing element is that, were we to find ourselves in this position, we would be faced with a terrible choice - face the horror ourselves or deliberately inflict it on another. Escape it and you condemn your own soul. Now that's some scary sh*t

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