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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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Reiko Asakawa
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Mai Takano
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Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ...
Masami
Yôichi Numata ...
Takashi Yamamura
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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
Rie Ino'o ...
Sadako Yamamura
Hiroyuki Tanabe ...
Hayatsu
Miwako Kaji ...
Kazue Yamamura
Yôko Honma ...
Chûgakusei A
Asami Nagata ...
Chûgakusei B
Yukiko Shimodaira ...
Chûgakusei C
Keiko Yoshida ...
Kôkôsei A
Yoshiko Matsumaru ...
Kôkôsei B (as Yûko Matsumaru)
Ayumu Naose ...
Kôkôsei C
Maki Ikeda ...
Yôko Tsuji
Takashi Takayama ...
Takehiko Nômi
Chihiro Shirai ...
Sadako as a Young Girl
Toshihiko Takeda ...
Seinen Jidai no Yamamura
Mantarô Koichi ...
Kôkaidô no Shikôyaku
Shin'ichi Noda ...
Kisha Daihyô A
Shigefumi Nakai ...
Kisha Daihyô B
Yûki Takahata
Mutsuko Ôshima
Taku Kobayashi
Hiromi Murata
Kazuhiro Yokoyama
Mizuho Kinoshita
Toshinori Yoshino
Asami Ishikawa
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Ryûji Takayama

Directed by

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Hideo Nakata

Written by

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Hiroshi Takahashi ... (screenplay)
 
Kôji Suzuki ... (novel)

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Masato Hara ... executive producer
Takashige Ichise ... producer
Makoto Ishihara ... associate producer
Tatsuya Isomura ... line producer
Shin'ya Kawai ... producer
Takenori Sentô ... producer

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Kenji Kawai

Cinematography by

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Jun'ichirô Hayashi

Film Editing by

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Nobuyuki Takahashi

Production Design by

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Iwao Saitô

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Yûichi Matsui ... key special makeup artist
Takuya Wada ... special makeup coordinator

Production Management

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Tetsuya Nakamura ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kuni Risho ... assistant director

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Yoshiya Obara ... sound
Kenji Shibasaki ... sound effects

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Hajime Matsumoto ... special effects

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Hajime Matsumoto ... visual effects supervisor

Other crew

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Mizuho Kudô ... script supervisor

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 »
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Also Known As
  • The Ring (World-wide, English title)
  • Ring (United States)
  • Ring (United Kingdom)
  • Ring (France)
  • Ring - Das Original (Germany)
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  • 96 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $8,690,429

Did You Know?

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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 One the pictures received from the photo shop shows a date, August 29, 1997. Later on the story tells "September 13, Monday". September 13, 1997 was Saturday. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Tricky Master (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Feels Like 'Heaven' See more »
Quotes Yoichi Asakawa: You know what, Mother?
Reiko Asakawa: Yes?
Yoichi Asakawa: Tomo-chan watched the cursed video!
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