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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

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

Will scare the hell out of you! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

£8,690,429
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Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The characters of Sadako and Shizuko are named after and loosely based on two real women. Both were taken under the wing of Professor Fukurai Tomokichi and, whilst not actually mother and daughter, Takahashi Sadako did work with the professor soon after Chizuko's suicide. Neither woman possessed the gift of nensha, but another student of the professor, Nagao Ikuko, was believed to have this power. 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

Yoichi Asakawa: Tomo-chan told me to.
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Absolutely Terrifying
3 February 2005 | by relwesSee 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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