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Ringu 0 (2000)

Ringu 0: Bâsudei (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 22 January 2000 (Japan)
In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

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Yukie Nakama ...
Seiichi Tanabe ...
Hiroshi Tôyama
Kumiko Asô ...
Etsuko Tachihara
Takeshi Wakamatsu ...
Yûsaku Shigemori
Ryûshi Mizukami ...
Wataru Kuno
Kaoru Okunuki ...
Aiko Hazuki
Yasushi Kimura ...
Togashi
Mami Hashimoto ...
Joshikôsei
Daisuke Ban ...
Heihachirô Ikuma
Masako ...
Norio Murata ...
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Kôji Yano ...
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Hinata Takamine ...
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Tasuku Unô ...
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Akira Igarashi ...
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The prequel to the horror film Ringu, this movie provides the background story of how Sadako later became the vengeful murdering spirit. The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club. The director thinks she has talent, but some of the other performers start to get jealous of the attention he gives her. Meanwhile, a reporter investigating Sadako's spiritualist mother thinks there's something very suspicious about the young woman, and arrives on campus to confront Sadako just as a series of strange deaths start sweeping through the drama club. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The ring grows wider.

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22 January 2000 (Japan)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Yukie Nakama was cast in the role of Sadako. After Nakama's friends had seen Ring, they teased her about her resemblance to Sadako. Nakama was later contacted by her agent who mentioned they were looking for actresses for the role of Sadako and tried out for the role. She received confirmation of her role in the next two weeks. See more »

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Follows Rasen (1998) See more »

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All's Well That End's Well
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The original "Ringu" (1998) is a truly creepy, modern-day Japanese horror classic; its sequel, "Ringu 2" (1999), is a sometimes confusing anticlimax of sorts, but still quite fun, nevertheless. And in "Ringu 0" (2000), the prequel to the original, we get to see the face of Sadako Yamamura, heretofore mostly hidden behind long, stringy hair, and, as played by actress Yukie Nakama, it is quite a lovely face indeed. We also get to discover some of Sadako's back story, and learn what she was up to 30 years before she began slaying via videotape. We see her as a woman of around 20, an aspiring actress in a dramatic troupe, and all seems to go well with her, until her otherworldly powers begin to manifest themselves, and her fellow thespians start to drop faster than victims of tsutsugamushi disease. Compared to Carrie White in the 1976 film "Carrie," Sadako is far nastier, and just like in that earlier film, all heck breaks loose following an instigated public freakout. "Ringu 0" is a fairly slow-moving film, and a surprise revelation concerning Sadako that comes halfway through is very hard to swallow. But since it effectively doubles the Sadako quotient, why quibble? Sadako is certainly a fascinating character, and the film's final 1/2 hour does repay the slow buildup. Coming full circle (closing the ring?), the film culminates with the terrible act of attempted murder that we partially witnessed in the original "Ringu," and fans of the series will perhaps understand me when I say that, um, all's well that ends well!


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