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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reiko Asakawa
... Mai Takano
... Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ... Masami
Yôichi Numata ... Takashi Yamamura
... Yoshino
Katsumi Muramatsu ... Kôichi Asakawa
Rikiya Ôtaka ... Yôichi Asakawa
Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Hiroshi Sakuma ... Komiya Kameraman (as Kanehiro Ri)
Yûrei Yanagi ... AD Okazaki
Yôko Ohshima ... Reiko no Oba
Kiriko Shimizu ... Yoshimi Ôishi
Makoto Kakeda ... Kanrinin
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Storyline

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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One curse, one cure, one week to find it. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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31 January 1998 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Ring  »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

£8,690,429
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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

Yoichi Asakawa: You know what, Mother?
Reiko Asakawa: Yes?
Yoichi Asakawa: Tomo-chan watched the cursed video!
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Feels Like 'Heaven'
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Absolutely Terrifying
3 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a superb horror film. There's something about this film which gets under your skin, into your nervous system, and then it turns out the lights and creeps maliciously into your brain. The film has few jump-out-of-your-seat moments, and minimal violence, but as the plot develops the atmosphere becomes almost unbearably sinister and unpleasant. The climax of this film is one of the most frightening scenes in the history of cinema, and is guaranteed to turn your bones to jelly and leave you a quivering dribbling psychological mess.

Forget the pointless Hollywood remake, go and see this film today! There are no cheap tricks here, no melodrama, just poker-faced top performances from the cast, and some genuinely unsettling dark ideas which will bubble away in your subconscious for years to come.


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