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Spiral (1998)

Rasen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 31 January 1998 (Japan)
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.

Director:

Jôji Iida

Writers:

Jôji Iida (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Satô ... Mitsuo Andô
Miki Nakatani ... Mai Takano
Hinako Saeki Hinako Saeki ... Sadako Yamamura
Shingo Tsurumi Shingo Tsurumi ... Miyashita
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ... Maekawa Keibuho
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yoshino
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Naoaki Manabe Naoaki Manabe ... Kobayashi
Naoto Adachi Naoto Adachi ... Funakoshi
Eri Kakurai Eri Kakurai ... Rieko Andô
Ryûichi Sugahara Ryûichi Sugahara ... Takanori Andô
Masanobu Yada Masanobu Yada ... Junsa Buchô
Ryûma Uchida Ryûma Uchida ... Kansatsui Joshu
Tadashi Takatsuki Tadashi Takatsuki ... Kirokui (as Chû Takatsuki)
Kôzô Satô Kôzô Satô ... Shashin Gakari
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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It must have died. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

After this film's failure, Hiroshi Takahashi and Hideo Nakata were later recruited to produce another sequel, Ring 2 (1999), which replaced Spiral (1998) as the sequel to Ringu (1998), not based on Kôji Suzuki's works, and thus ultimately ignores the story of Rasen. See more »

Quotes

Mitsuo Ando: There is not a man in the world who would wish his own son dead.
Mai Takano: Dr Ando, Dr Takayama didn't want Yoichi to die. He wanted to save him... for Reiko.
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Connections

Followed by Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Yuganda tokei
Performed by HIIH
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Good plot, but not really part of Ringu
28 July 2004 | by bbagnallSee all my reviews

While this movie purports to be the sequel to Ringu, it seems to be part of a totally different universe. Ringu was all about a paranormal curse on a videotape, yet Rasen is about viruses and science. Many viewers probably felt the same reaction as when George Lucas decided to explain the Force with mitochlorians.

The acting and cinematography is impressive in this film, as with the other Ringu movies. For the first hour you will wonder where things are headed, and may even believe it is part of Ringu, but the last half hour reveals this is in fact a story about cloning, viruses, and world domination. In Western films, we like to define a universe in the first movie, and all sequels adopt to the rules laid down by the first film. The Japanese, on the other hand, like to rewrite the mythology with each succeeding sequel (I've seen this often in Japanese video games). Rasen is good, but it deserves to be presented in its own movie with new characters, rather than trying to fit the ideas into the Ringu storyline.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 January 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Basara Pictures, Imagica See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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