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Ringu scared the hell out of me. I watched it all alone lights out in the
middle of the night which I always do when watching a horror movie but not
one movie has ever scared the sh*t out of me more than Ringu. Sadako is the
scariest moviemonster ever (if you haven't seen Ringu 0 yet), the story is
great and the acting's wonderful. If you want a good scare I advise you to
watch this one.
Also, the cursed video in the Japanese version is much scarier than the one in the remake version. Watch it.
Before my commenting any further, I must notify anybody that wants to watch
`Ringu' you must first identify with the Japanese films rhythm. Appealing to
the American style, Japanese will look slower on the pace and more reliable
on the situation and the atmosphere it builds. So if you already throw away
your American style expectation, then you can embrace this film with the
good mood. If not, you'll find it boring and annoying (and incoherent crap,
silly, or makes no sense!)
Let's not talk about the plot, because it seems nowadays it already is well-known. Many people said it's a horror movie and I agree with them, but basically, it's a pure psychological-drama about a certain terrifying situation, which could happen to anybody (including you!). The plot development is structured and makes it feel good and overwhelming. There's no stutter or gaps that can annoy the film's pulse. The plot itself is simple (and really not trying to make an abundant cliché to scare you much). The eerie situations are not excessive and make it easier to pleasant.
One thing that you must understand here is the film is not trying to scare you in an overacting way or frighten you in a gross blood bath (if that the term of horror movies by you!), but to make you realize that living is full of circle and your life is like a ring. I don't mind if you insist to have some creepy moment from those splatter instead. But what you could get from it anyway?
Now, after you dive on its deep, you will feel satisfied for watching it. Of course it has it own absurdity and holes, but `Ringu' definitely is a well-done alternate product that manages to entertain in a good way. It's highly recommended for the fans of drama or (the true meaning of)horror.
Better directing, better cinematography, better dialogue, no stupid horse
part, an Alfred Hitchcock feel, no dumb kid, and a way better ending than
the american remake.
Starts out better and ends better. Screw The Ring.
The original version here lacks many of the extras that one can see in the
US version of The Ring. Still, it is a scary and brooding film. It is
amazing how much of the US version retains from it. Much of the original
story makes much more sense then then the US version and the story is much
shorter. As a foreign film, The Ring is a great movie all by itself. There
are many excellent outdoor shots at many fascinating locations. I have
heard it was shot in Korea, but looks like it might be Japan. The cast is
great and the movie is well crafted.
So, which was scarier, this or the US version? I was expecting the US version to be much scarier and so my experience was dulled. Also, I knew the story, so it is hard to say. The US version should have been have been a shorter story as this one is, maybe not as short. There is much that is very scary in the US version that is missing in the original. But the US version might have omitted the role of the couple's child, this was a little over embellished and not in the original.
The American version of THE RING was not that bad in my opinion. I was told
by many a people that the Japanese original was far better. So, yeah I had
to see it.
Recently, I discovered one of the cheapest ways to rent a film ever (and this was good because I see a lot of movies). Since you don't have to pay to rent movies at the library, just go there are borrow them. That thought had never occured to me before. So, there I get to rent movies that I have always wanted to see, but have never wanted to pay money to see. RINGU was one of those films. (EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and ELIZABETH were the other two).
So, about RINGU...
I found the beginning of the film to be much, much, much better than the American version of THE RING. It was actually very scary because you can always count on the Japanese to throw in an entire symphony of music right when there is a shocking image on screen in an attempt to scare the s*** out of you. It worked on me several times over.
The middle half of the film was not as good. I thought the middle was extremely boring and it began to stray very much from the American version of THE RING. Sorry, I loved the first half of this film, and I feel that the beginning is much better, but the second half made me want to shut it off. But, then again, the ending does get better. The scenes where they are watching the videotape was classic and the opening sequence is a little better than the opening in THE RING.
Overall, a very good film, but you should also see THE RING. You will also have to bear with the subtitles. But hey, at least it wasn't dubbed.
I saw Ringu on DVD after seeing the U.S. remake (The Ring, with Naomi Watts
in the lead role) in the theater. The two films are virtually identical in
plot for the first 30 minutes, but they diverge after that. Ringu gives us
more insight into the mysterious girl in the video and her mother than does
The Ring, which deliberately leaves more in the shadow and leaves it up to
us to draw conclusions. Both approaches work well.
Naomi Watts' role as the reporter/mother in The Ring is stronger than that of Nanako Matsushima in Ringu. Whereas Watts' character is the central investigator in The Ring, it is Reiko Asakawa's ex-husband, Ryuji Takayama who takes the lead in Ringu. Indeed, Ryuji seems to have a special insight into the curse from the point where he first learns of it from his ex-wife. He knows more than he lets on, and it is he, not her, who drives the investigation.
Overall, I enjoyed Ringu a great deal. It is a first rate horror film, using the unknown and unseen to play on the viewers' minds and build suspense. I believe that the U.S. remake does justice to the original, and would recommend it for those who do not like subtitled films, but encourage you to see both. I give Ringu 8/10; I rated The Ring 9/10.
Everyone kept telling me how the original Japanese version of the Ring was better than our version so I tracked it down and finally found a copy of the Japanese version. For the most part I agree that it is quite a bit, better than our version. The story is basically the same as it revolves around a videocassette that kills anyone who watches it within a week. Though in this version, the images on the tape seem to fit the circumstances better, and more is explained in this one as well...though not all of it, there are still things that are unanswered. The atmosphere and mood of the movie are better than ours too, as the Japanese do not have constant music throughout, so there music cues make you a bit more edgy. The story of the girl's parents in this one is better too, and there is this thing with ESP that is simply ignored in our version. Here the father has ESP and that helps explain why the boy seems to have some sort of visions. The cast does well in this one as I think the father in this one is better than the American version. Though I did like the way the Ring looked in the American version more, and the scene where the boy told his mom that he shouldn't have helped the girl. This one ends basically looking like it has a sequel in mind, and considering there is a sequel I would have to say I am right. I hope it comes out too, as I would love to see it or any other Japanese horror, cause it seems they do a good job with horror.
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this movie is deceptive. Utterly deceptive. You watch the entire movie and think, hey it wasn't that scary, but then you turn the light off. Whoops. That woman coming out of the tv screen keeps popping back at you.
I must say I wasn't overly impressed until the last half hour. Thats when I figured out it's little game. By then it was too late. I was ensnared and couldn't find a way out.
The remake of this movie though is to be avoided. Or at least watch this movie first. This movie doesn't contain alot of cgi fakery, so it's alot more to look at. I like computers, but todays CGI fakery is still so so. Makeup still beats cgi hands down.
I don't like the fact though that the dvd doesn't contain the trailer for this movie. It contains The Ring trailer. And with The Ring dvd vice versa. Basically either way, Dreamworks comes out winning.
Quality: 10/10 Entertainment: 10/10 Replayable: 4/10
I have seen both versions of Ringu (Japan-US), and I stay with the original;
The ring sucks despite all it's money, tricks and visuals wasted in it.
Anyway, Ringu it's such an awesome way to get you scared and, as I suppose
everyone knows by now the main plot of this movie, I'll keep my comments
The scares here it's not about gory scenes or dead people in a lot of make-up. What Ringu means the most it's psychofear. In terms of story development, it may seem slow -because it is- but this, instead of being boring, it does Ringu more and more captivating; this movie sucks you in it's premise deeper and deeper as time runs. I really liked the killer video, I liked the way they tell the story, I liked the story, and the directing, the acting, and the ending (it's explanation is way better here than in the US remake).
I think the most important thing shown here is that you don´t need big budget to create a great movie. It´s clearly that they, instead of underestimating the power of the mind, made it an advantage because of it's capability to create images 100 per cent more horrifying than any scene they have or could may show. That´s what Guillermo del Toro does and Carlos Enrique Taboada did some years ago (both mexicans directors, and both great!). They use YOUR mind for their own benefit at the moment of get you scared and, based in the results, you sure can't fight against that; this si exactly what Ringu does (besides a few very good visual moments). If you like this kind of cinema, be sure to get a copy of this japanese masterwork of terror. And to watch it, turn off all the lights and turn up the volume. This enhances a lot the experience.
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While not nearly as frightening as many people have claimed, it still is one
of the scariest films out there. I mean, honestly, horror films don't
exactly scare me to death like it does for some hyper-sensitive people who
watch films. Now that's not a slight on the genre, however. I love horror
cinema. I feel critics need to be more open and appreciative for the
creative aspects of many horror films out there. They see a couple awful
horror films (mainly in the U.S., unfortunately)and shut themselves out for
others out there that deserve to be seen and given respect. They're really
missing out, especially when it comes to Japanese Horror. And Ringu IS the
primary example of how wonderfully dazzling the horror genre can be.
Warning!!! POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!! The idea of the vengeful spirit
(Sadako) putting out a curse on society for living the life she couldn't
live was brilliantly conceived by director Nakata with a hypnotic use of
sound and creepy atmosphere in the air. Some complain that since it is not
as scary as the hype made it out, it is not a good film. That's just not
fair judgment. It was well shot, well composed, well acted, well made, and
had a genuinely intriguing premise. It has high aspirations as a work of
class art. It wasn't as fast paced as other films within the genre, but I
welcomed that. It was slowly building up to a truly shocking climax. Some
guy mentioned here that he saw the ending a mile away, yeah sure. Ok, maybe
he did guess that Reiko was saved from the curse because she made a copy of
the video and had her ex watch it...but there's no way he expected her to
end up planning to have her DAD watch the tape to save Yoichi. I don't care
what anyone says, that was unexpected. But it was a fitting end. It just
takes the idea of the chain-letter to the extreme. END OF SPOILERS!!! In
conclusion, not all horror films are junk meant to give some cheap thrills.
Many are actually quality pieces of filmmaking that can provide the audience
with an ample dose of entertainment, thrills, and intriguing tales. Ringu is
a must see for anybody remotely interested in horror films and just films,
for that matter. It is a classic so get the Region 1 DVD for those who can
make use of it(Besides, it's better than the U.S. remake for those
wondering, although that one was solid in its own right.) It is worth noting
that I feel Ringu 2 was a disappointment, although competently made. But
Ringu 0: Birthday, is a GREAT prequel and another GREAT movie from Japan,
while not really a horror movie.
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