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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The effect of Sadako coming out of the well was accomplished with only one simple special effect. Rie Ino'o, who is a student of the Kabuki theatre, which uses exaggerated motion and jerking movements to emphasize emotion, was heavily involved in the development of the Sadako character. Ino'o was filmed walking backwards and the film was run in reverse - the end result is Sadako walking forwards with unnatural motions. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, the TV in Tomoko's room is on. However, in the next scene when Tomoko has a close up, it's off. Neither Masami or Tomoko had switched it off. See more »

Quotes

Ryuji Takayama: Let's find Sadako's body!
Reiko Asakawa: If we do that it'll lift the curse? Will it save Yoichi?
Ryuji Takayama: It's all we have left to do.
Reiko Asakawa: [whispering] Just one more day...
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Version of Ring (1999) See more »

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Feels Like 'Heaven'
Performed by HIIH
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User Reviews

The Ring couldn't stand up!
5 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I watched The Ring before Ringu and was sorry that I did. Everybody thinks that the US always does things better. This is one example of how wrong those people are. Now, don't get me wrong, The Ring was a good flick. I enjoyed it very much, BUT, it really fell short of the original. So much was lost in the translation and in remaking it. If you have never seen The Ring, do yourself a favor and see Ringu first. It really shows how the Japanese can make good horror. The story is based on a novel written by Koji Suzuki entitled "Ringu". If you get the chance, you can pick this up over at Amazon, it's a very good read and shows you how the story was meant to be told. The Japanese film was a better adaptation of the movie. I give Ringu 8.5/10


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