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 »

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Horror | Mystery

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Trivia

Hideo Nakata would go on to direct The Ring Two (2005), a sequel to this film's American remake. 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

[on Yoichi]
Ryuji Takayama: Why not just let things run its course, are our lives really worth saving? Why don't we let our line die out? Good idea! Yoichi was a mistake, anyway.
Reiko Asakawa: Stop it!
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Connections

Spoofed in Warui Yume (2013) See more »

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Feels Like 'Heaven'
Performed by HIIH
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Subtle art of being scared.
5 February 2001 | by mrbishop77See all my reviews

After all the wait and hype, my copy of The Ring arrived in the mail today, and I was excited to see what was touted as one of the great horror masterpieces of the last decade. And what I got was something close. Real close...

The movie starts out great with two girls talking you right into the mood the great parts of the movie generate. Dark, creepy, and atmospheric. Here is a modern horror film that doesn't have to rely on over the top gore to send your heart into overdrive. THERE IS NO GORE AT ALL for all you gore hounds out there. Sorry! The story is nothing new, view this cursed tape that is going around, and a week later you'll die.

Maybe it was just the translation on my copy, but half way through, the dialog didn't seem to make much sense. I will watch it again, but I don't really think that it will matter much because this middle section is used to just throw you completely off track. But don't get me wrong, it is interesting to say the least.

The movie doesn't live up to it's bill until the end. WOW, now that was creepy to the max and worth the wait. The score was great and acting believable. If you are looking for a good reason to get creeped out The Ring is it...the only problem is that you may have a hard time finding it due to the fact that it isn't released here in the states. But if you have patience, go for it. It's not the greatest movie but it kicks the Blair Witch any day.


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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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