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(1998)

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Shizuko Yamamura is based on a real person, Chizuko Mifune, who was born in 1886 in Kumamoto Prefecture and 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.
The effect of Sadako coming out of the well was accomplished with only one simple special effect. Rie Ino'o, who is a student of the Kabuki theatre, which uses exaggerated motion and jerking movements to emphasize emotion, was heavily involved in the development of the Sadako character. Ino'o was filmed walking backwards and the film was run in reverse - the end result is Sadako walking forwards with unnatural motions.
The highest-grossing horror film in Japanese history.
The 2001 UK DVD release back cover carries a disclaimer, stating that the distributor accepts no responsibility for "for any injuries or fatalities that may occur during or after the viewing of this videocassette."
The close-up of Sadako's eye near the end of the film was performed by a male crew member.
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.
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The American trailer for Ringu pronounces the word as "ring-oo," but in fact, Japanese words must end either with a vowel or an -n. The "u" should be pronounced as a softly vocalized schwa; the word is taken from the Anglo-American verb, regarding the cyclical nature of Sadako's curse, and has nothing to do with the visual circular rings of the American remake.
Kôji Suzuki got his inspiration for the Ringu novel from his favorite horror movie Poltergeist (1982).
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In his film script, Hiroshi Takahashi changed the protagonist's gender (from male to female), name (from Kazuyuki Asakawa to Reiko Asakawa), marital status (from married to divorced) and child's gender and name (from daughter Yoko to son Yoichi).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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According to director Hideo Nakata, the script and pre-production process took three or four months, shooting five weeks and post-production four months.
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On its 1999 Hong Kong release, Ringu earned HK$31.2 million (US$4.03 million) during its two-month theatrical run making it Hong Kong's highest-grossing Japanese-language film. This record was later beaten by Stand by Me Doraemon (2014) in 2015.
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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.
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Came 6th in the UK's "Greatest Scary Moments" for its shock ending.
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