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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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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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Taglines:

"Ring" Posed The Mystery... Now "The Spiral" Provides The Grim Solution. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sadako 3D (2012) and Sadako 2 3D (2013) are sequels to Spiral (1998), based on Kôji Suzuki's 2012 follow-up novel S. This creates a branched off continuity with the franchise. See more »

Quotes

[about Takanori]
Ryuji Takayama: I wonder what future he'll have.
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Connections

Followed by Ringu (1998) See more »

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Yuganda tokei
Performed by HIIH
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Not sure where in the sequence this one falls...but do know I did not care for it much.
16 October 2012 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

This film follows the Japanese version of the Ring known as Ringu. Where it follows I am not sure. The back of my box which is a collection of the Japanese Rings places it second, however the alternate title here suggests it was the fourth film. All I know is that this film is a sequel to Ringu, but a disappointing one. There are things that follow the first film, then things that are completely wrong and this one makes the mistake of trying to logically explain things and give reasons for what is happening. Kind of like the Phantasm series, the first one you wondered what the heck was going on and in the later installments they tried to explain everything and it just was not as intriguing anymore.

The story starts out with a man autopsying a former colleague who was the father in the first film. This leads to the best scene in the movie as this autopsy is rather bloody. Too bad that the highlight of the film is like less than ten minutes in. This doctor lost a son and soon stumbles upon the cursed video tape. He begins seeing things, and it is not long until he has played the video. However, things completely go off track as they start introducing a sort of virus in this one seemingly dismissing the little girl all together. And it is not even a little girl this time!

Yes, this film tries to scientifically explain things this time and it just does not work. Not for me anyway. It also changes the little girl into a woman. Maybe this was not the second installment and things were explained in the previous flicks, I only went by the order given me on the box, but I still hate the cause for all the deaths and stuff they give here.

So, what we get is a sequel that changes things around, but still has the core from the original. It may be enjoyable for some, I enjoyed it up to a point, but I certainly thought the ending was very dull. I do hope the movie titled Ringu 2 is better than this one was.


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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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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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