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Rasen (1998)

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 ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Spiral brings the dead back to life. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 January 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spiral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,639,128
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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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Trivia

Jôji Iida was the screenwriter for Ringu (1995), the made-for-television adaptation of the novel Ring before the major motion picture, and would go on to write the screenplay for its sequel, Rasen (1998), based on the novel Spiral. See more »

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[about Takanori]
Ryuji Takayama: I wonder what future he'll have.
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Alternate sequel for Ringu fans...not recommended for others.
24 September 2003 | by mickemicSee all my reviews

This movie has an excellent start... It continues where Ringu ended. The investigation of how Dr. Takayama died begin at the medical institute by his former students. However, somewhere along the road, you realize that Sadako won't show up and scare the living crap out of you...Instead there's a scene where she's naked and horny and kiss the neck of the guy who has just seen the videotape. The explanation to this unexpected event comes later, but still, there is no really scary scenes in this movie, and Sadako looks more frightened than frightening.

However, the story isn't necessarily bad...It's just the way it's being presented. Hideo Nakata was needed for this movie...or at least Ringu needed to have been released earlier than Rasen, then maybe... this movie had looked different.

4/10


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