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Ringu 2 (1999)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 23 January 1999 (Japan)
Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...

Director:

Hideo Nakata

Writers:

Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miki Nakatani ... Mai Takano
Hitomi Satô ... Masami Kurahashi
Kyoko Fukada ... Kanae Sawaguchi
Fumiyo Kohinata ... Kawajiri Ishi
Kenjirô Ishimaru Kenjirô Ishimaru ... Ômuta Keiji
Yûrei Yanagi Yûrei Yanagi ... Okazaki
Rikiya Ôtaka Rikiya Ôtaka ... Yôichi Asakawa
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Takashi Yamamura
Masako Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Miwako Kaji Miwako Kaji ... Kazue Yamamura
Katsumi Muramatsu Katsumi Muramatsu ... Kôichi Asakawa
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Rie Ino'o ... Sadako Yamamura
Reita Serizawa Reita Serizawa ... Okazaki no Dôryô - Sakuma
Shinmei Tsuji Shinmei Tsuji ... Manshon Kanrinin
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Storyline

In this sequel to Ringu (1998), Mai Takano is trying to learn more about the death of her boyfriend, Ryuji. She soon hears stories about a videotape haunted by the spirit of a girl named Sadako, who died many years earlier. Supposedly, anyone watching the tape will die of fright exactly one week later. After some investigating, she learns that Ryuji's son, Youichi, is developing the same psychic powers that Sadako had when she was alive. Mai must now find some way to keep Yuuichi and herself from becoming Sadako's next victims. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Genres:

Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 January 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ringu 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,586
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Sound Mix:

DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ringu (1998) and Spiral (1998) were shot back-to-back from the novels by Koji Suzuki and released in theaters as a double bill. After audiences hated The Spiral, Asmik Ace Entertainment hired the cast and crew of the original to make this replacement sequel. See more »

Quotes

[About Yoichi]
Detective Omuta: He's a monster!
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Soundtracks

Kôri no yô ni hohoende
Written by Tomoyasu Hotei
Performed by Miki Imai
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A lesser sequel but still very creepy
22 July 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

With Ryuji dead and Reiko missing, the search for the secrets of the tape becomes the mission of Rjuji's student Mai. She joins with a journalist friend of Reiko to undercover the secrets that lead to Reiko and her son. Yoichi appears to be channelling the power of Sadako and more facts become known.

Following up the famous Ring was never going to be an easy task, but this sequel is generally regarded by critics as being even better. However I felt a little let down. It was still creepy and occasionally scary but the images are now too familiar from the first film to be really unnerving and it loses a little of it's impact. Mind you – there's still plenty of scary bits or bits that just are creepy.

The plot is a lot bigger and suffers a bit as a result, however it is interesting to find out more about the legend of Sadako. The cast are all very good again – despite many of the characters being minor in the last film they still do well.

Overall this isn't as good as the original – due to both familiarity and the lack of special touches such as sound effects etc. However it still puts the Hollywood teen slashers to shame.


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