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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 »
A mysterious video kills whoever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
6 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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In a word terrifying See more (401 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:
"Ringu" - Japan (original title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Yamamura Shizuko is based on a real person, Mifune Chizuko, who was born in 1886 in Kumamoto Prefecture and who was rumored to have the gift of foresight. After a demonstration in 1910, she was proclaimed a charlatan and committed suicide a year later by ingesting poison.See more »
Factual errors: One the pictures received from photo shop there is a date, August 29, 1997. Later on the story tells "September 13, Monday". September 13, 1997 was Saturday.See more »
[Reiko grabs Ryuji's arm]
Reiko Asakawa:Please. Please, it might help you find a way out. If you figure it out, look after Yoichi ...
Ryuji Takayama:Stop it! Have you forgotten there was a girl with Tomoko when she died? That girl's now in a mental institution. Who knows what could happen to be.
Reiko Asakawa:But you could stay with me, Ryuji! You'd be fine!
Ryuji Takayama:Why? Because I'm already insane?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Pure Joy (2011)See more »
Feels Like 'Heaven'See more »


How does Reiko get the photos of Tomoko and her friends at the cabin?
Was the 'Ringu' series inspired by a real event?
How many people actually watch the tape?
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75 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
In a word terrifying, 11 December 2004
Author: Sephie from UK


Ringu is an unassuming little movie that my boyfriend and I rented from the local DVD store knowing little about it other than it had inspired a recent Hollywood remake.

The first thing which accosts you when watching this film, is it's lo-fi documentary-style reality. Ringu has the look and feel production wise of a TV movie, but this only adds to the objective of it, to terrify.

The story unfolds of an everyday Japanese single mother, the backdrop is nothing unusual but this is required as the bizarre begins to unravel before the eyes of the watcher. The woman has a child whom appears to be a strange little boy, and in many ways he parents her in her hectic schedule. Her ex husband is an amiable fellow, though he has an annoying quality to any female whom observes him which one assumes is the reason for the couple's politely handled split.

The story takes a turn for the more macabre when a videotape emerges which is shrouded in urban myth. The short synopsis is you watch the tape and die within seven days of doing so. A group of teenagers inexplicably die, one of which is the niece of our leading lady. Being the plucky reporter that she is, she begins to investigate the eerie tape initially by watching it herself and embroiling her ex in this grim fairytale by seeking his counsel, on technical matters relating to the tape itself. The two find themselves in a race against time to discover the secret of the tape when their son watches a copy that was made.

The bogeyman of this psychologically rattling outing, is Sada- a child or a demon?, perhaps a freak of nature? No answer is given and the viewer is left to their own conclusion and speculation. This reliance upon the viewers observational conclusion is what makes Ringu a truly adult horror movie above all others, we are not told what to think or moralised. Ringu simply displays the evidence on the nature of Sada, and leaves you to suppose whether she is a tortured victim cast from society, or simply a demon and nothing more.

If the objective of any horror movie is to scare, then Ringu succeeds with flying colours. Everything about this movie is genuinely disturbing and unsettling. From the mythology of the tale to the ghastly contorted faces of the corpses that Sada, the demon of the story leaves in her wake.

The grainy gritty production plays and builds upon anybody who dares to watch. The bittersweet relationship between the two leads encourages us to care about them and their plight. The story piques the curious child in all of us, and dares us to look when we should not, and tamper with things that are beyond our understanding.

The absolutely heart ripping and bone chilling climax to this movie is unmissable. You will not be able to stop watching, but be wishing that you could rip out your eyes simultaneously!

This movie is a quiet and unpretentious if imaginative little piece from Japan, which displays something that Hollywood has lacked in the horror genre in many years. The director has a true innate gift for knowing exactly what it is that we can not put our finger on that horrifies the human mind. This film is very Japanese, and I cannot imagine it doing well when converted to Hollywood form.

Ringu is a movie made to be watched on your TV at home, exactly the way I did renting the DVD from your local store. This plays upon the very nature of the story. The TV is something we all think of as safe, it's in all our homes, and it is exactly this that adds such an overtone of terror to this particular film

As an additional note, my boyfriend was flicking through the extra features on the DVD and came across the cursed video clip, and proceeded to watch it. I couldn't, I left the room. This fact serves as the best conclusion that I can muster as to the brilliance of Ringu. It is not to be missed, but do not watch it alone!


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