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.
A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.
After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. ... See full summary »
In this sequel to Ringu (1998), Mai Takano is trying to learn more about the death of her boyfriend, Ryuji. She soon hears stories about a videotape haunted by the spirit of a girl named Sadako, who died many years earlier. Supposedly, anyone watching the tape will die of fright exactly one week later. After some investigating, she learns that Ryuji's son, Youichi, is developing the same psychic powers that Sadako had when she was alive. Mai must now find some way to keep Yuuichi and herself from becoming Sadako's next victims. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ringu (1998) and Rasen (1998) were shot back-to-back from the novels by Koji Suzuki and released in theaters as a double bill. After audiences hated The Spiral, Asmik Ace Entertainment hired the cast and crew of the original to make this replacement sequel. See more »
In 1998, Hideo Nakata caused a stir with a horror/fantasy film: "Ringu". With a capacity to make shiver thanks to the suggested and the off-camera, this gem refreshed the Asiatic fantastic genre even the fantastic genre. One year later, the filmmaker stepped back into the breach to produce a (superfluous) sequel. A typical American trend and it is well known: sequels rarely match the brilliance of their elder brothers. Like "the Haunting" (1963) or "the Blair Witch Project" (1999), "Ringu" is a film that cries out to be left alone.
However, at first glance, it's an alluring menu with first-class ingredients. One doesn't change a winning formula, especially if it isn't imposed by the Hollywood working conditions: Nakata reproduced the thrifty, sober style that had so well served him for his 1998 film. Patience was his prevailing mood when he directed his work and we are entitled to genteel, spooky moments. But the problem lies in the fact that the scenario appears sometimes as artificial even desultory in its conception and progression. The first chapter was clear in its goal: what was the source of these outlandish images on the cursed video tape? Here, the issues aren't well defined and more simply have a minor importance compared to the first film's major stake. Hence the nearly absence of a crescendo towards terror and an increasing lack of interest from the viewer.
In spite of an elegant camera work and the molding of an eerie atmosphere, it is highly likely that this superfluous sequel will leave a good number of the aficionados of the first film unsatisfied. So, you'd better stick with the first film or even its American ambassador.
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