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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 »


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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

[Ando rushes after Ryuji]
Mitsuo Ando: Takayama! What about your boy? Don't you want him back too? We still have his cells... We could do it now!
Ryuji Takayama: I couldn't be so cruel. I couldn't bring Yoichi back into this world.
Mitsuo Ando: [stuttering] Y-you're wrong. You're wrong.
Ryuji Takayama: Ando... It will be many, many, many years before I can sleep easy.
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Connections

Followed by Sadako 2 3D (2013) See more »

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Yuganda tokei
Performed by HIIH
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Has a familiar ring to it.
5 July 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Forget everything you might have seen in Ring 2 and Ring 0: Rasen (AKA The Spiral) takes a different approach to the other sequels of Hideo Nakata's influential J-horror Ringu.

In this version of the events that follow the first film, Koichi Sato plays Mitsuo Ando, a grief stricken pathologist who contemplates suicide after the tragic death of his young son, but who finds himself unable to go through with the act.

When he is called upon to perform an autopsy on his old friend Ryuji Takayama (Hiroyuki Sanada), Ando discovers the existence of the cursed VHS tape that caused so much trouble in Ringu. After cracking a code left to him by his deceased pal, Ando comes to believe that the deadly tape was intended as a macabre present which would provide the solution to his suffering.

The truth, however, is far more sinister: Takayama's gift to Ando is actually the return of his son, but for this feat to be possible, Ando must first betray the whole of humanity by allowing Sadako's curse to spiral out of control.

Although a slow moving and often rather confusing movie, Rasen is not an entirely worthless experience: the film introduces some interesting ideas about the true nature of the curse and reveals its objective—to alter the course of the entire human race. Casual horror fans might be disappointed by the distinct lack of scares, and once again gore is almost non-existent, but Rasen should be enjoyable enough for those who love creepy Asian flicks and don't mind doing a bit of research to fill in the blanks (apparently, reading the books helps a lot with understanding the story).


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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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