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Release Date:
12 May 2012 (Japan) See more »
The spiteful ghost of Sadako, a murdered woman whose body was thrown down a well, reaches Internet searching for a host in order to live once again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Satomi Ishihara ... Akane Ayukawa
Kôji Seto ... Takanori Ando
Tsutomu Takahashi
Shôta Sometani
Hikari Takara
Yûsuke Yamamoto ... Kiyoshi Kashiwada
Ryôsei Tayama
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ai Hashimoto ... Sadako
Shunsuke Itô

Directed by
Tsutomu Hanabusa 
Writing credits
Kôji Suzuki (based on the novel by)

Yoshinobu Fujioka (screenplay) &
Tsutomu Hanabusa (screenplay)

Produced by
Shin'ichirô Inoue .... executive producer
Takeshi Kobayashi .... producer
Atsuyuki Shimoda .... producer
Original Music by
Kenji Kawai 
Cinematography by
Nobushige Fujimoto 
Production Design by
Yasuaki Harada 
Art Direction by
Yasuaki Harada 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yuji Wada .... gaffer

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Also Known As:
"Ringu 5" - USA (informal alternative title)
"Sadako" - USA (alternative title)
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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Based on Koji Suzuki's 2012 novel "S".See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Ring 0: Birthday (2000)See more »


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Oh no they didn't..., 10 May 2014
Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark

"The Ring" ("Ringu") was groundbreaking and innovative back in its time, and the following movies - read parts 2 and 0, as well as the Korean version, but not the American version (which was just beyond awful) - were great. And in the spirit of the previous Japanese movies, I was thrilled when I happened to fall across "Sadako 3D" by sheer luck. Preparing for a good old fashioned Japanese scarefest, I settled in on the couch to watch "Sadako 3D".

And now that the end credits have finished, I sit here with a very, very empty feeling and a rather bad taste in my mouth. This movie was quite far from the original trilogy, both in plot and in scares. Not to mention the 3D effects were not particularly impressive.

For a Japanese horror movie then "Sadako 3D" was frightfully lacking spooks and scary moments. And a poorly animated CGI version of Sadako didn't really help the movie along in any great way. Nor did it help when she came out of the well and had strangely mutated legs. Or when there were several of those creatures crawling around. It was just horrible to witness.

The acting throughout the movie was adequate, despite the actor and actresses had very little to work with. And Satomi Ishihara (playing Akane) did carry the movie all by herself actually. Without her in the movie, it would have been even more gut-wrenching to sit through.

At 96 minutes, you get very little worth for your money. The movie is lacking that tradition dark sense of foreboding doom and horror that usually permeates the Japanese horror movies. "Sadako 3D" was too much of a re-shined attempt to cash in on an otherwise great series and try to brighten it up with 3D effects.

Having seen "Sadako 3D", I am somewhat hesitant about sitting down to watch "Sadako 2 3D". Why? Well, aside from the lack of creativity in the title, then from the fear that it will turn out just as dull, lifeless and boring as the first "Sadako" movie was.

"Sadako 3D" is more of a slap in the face of fans of the original "Ring" movies than it is a well-worthy addition to the legacy.

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