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Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 31 January 1998 (Japan)
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director:

Hideo Nakata

Writers:

Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nanako Matsushima ... Reiko Asakawa
Miki Nakatani ... Mai Takano
Yûko Takeuchi ... Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ... Masami
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Takashi Yamamura
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yoshino
Katsumi Muramatsu Katsumi Muramatsu ... Kôichi Asakawa
Rikiya Ôtaka ... Yôichi Asakawa
Masako Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Kanehiro Ri Kanehiro Ri ... Komiya kameraman
Yûrei Yanagi Yûrei Yanagi ... AD Okazaki (as Yanagi Yûrei -yûjô shutsuen-)
Yôko Ôshima Yôko Ôshima ... Reiko no oba
Kiriko Shimizu Kiriko Shimizu ... Yoshimi Ôishi
Makoto Kakeda Makoto Kakeda ... Kanrinin
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Reiko Asakawa is researching into a 'Cursed Video' interviewing teenagers about it. When her niece Tomoko dies of 'sudden heart failure' with an unnaturally horrified expression on her face, Reiko investigates. She finds out that some of Tomoko's friends, who had been on a holiday with Tomoko the week before, had died on exactly the same night at the exact same time in the exact same way. Reiko goes to the cabin where the teens had stayed and finds an 'unlabeled' video tape. Reiko watched the tape to discover to her horror it is in fact the 'cursed videotape'. Ex-Husband Ryuji helps Reiko solve the mystery, Reiko makes him a copy for further investigation. Things become more tense when their son Yoichi watches the tape saying Tomoko had told him to. Their discovery takes them to a volcanic island where they discover that the video has a connection to a psychic who died 30 years ago, and her child Sadako... Written by Hana Jo Gilmour

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Will scare the hell out of you! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

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Trivia

The novel was originally science fiction based, while also blending in elements of supernatural horror as well. Hideo Nakata opted to remove the science fiction elements in favor of a more traditional ghost story. The sequel Rasen (1998) is more faithful to the source material, keeping the science fiction portions of the story. See more »

Goofs

In a close-up of Sadako in the end scene, one of her fake finger extensions is coming off. See more »

Quotes

Reiko Asakawa: It's strange, but I feel peaceful.
[Ryuji rubs her hand soothingly where the bruise Sadako gave her is]
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Soundtracks

Feels Like 'Heaven'
Performed by HIIH
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Have to disagree with Mike, the original is better.
3 December 2004 | by dottyflowersSee all my reviews

I have to disagree with the comment above from Mike Washen. Indeed, the storyline of both movies is similar for the first part of the movie (no complaints so far), but the second part of the originals movie is more believable IMHO. The original has only one real special effect but this does not mean that the movie isn't scary. Especially due to this lack of special effects a better thrill is created al throughout the movie. One sees just enough to get scared. The originals story builds up a tad more slowly which gives a better story overall. If you are going for special effects, take the remake. If you like to see all 4 movies and like a scary experience overall take the original.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 January 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ring See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,001
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