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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kazuyuki Asakawa
Ayane Miura ... Sadako Yamamura
Mai Tachihara ... Shizuka Asakawa
Maha Hamada ... Mai Takano
Tomorô Taguchi ... Jôtarô Nagao
Akiko Hinagata ... Tomoko Ôishi
Takayuki Godai ... Copy Editor
Shigeyuki Nakamura ... Yoshino
Akira Sakamoto ... Taxi Driver
Aya Mizuno
Kyôko Dônowaki ... Shizuko Yamamura
Kikuko Hashimoto
Seikô Senô ... (as Akira Senô)
Kôichi Koshimura
Seiroku Nakazawa
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In different parts of Tokyo, four young and seemingly healthy people suddenly die of heart failure at exactly the same moment. Reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa decides to investigate the deaths, and discovers that the four had stayed at a rural inn together just a week earlier. At the inn, he comes across a strange video that ends with a message saying that anyone who watches it will die exactly seven days later. Now the clock is ticking for Asakawa. Can he break the curse in time? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Jiko ka! Henshi ka! Yottsu no inochi o ubau shôjo no onnen [Japanese] [English translation] Accident, or strange death? The young girl that steals four lives

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Is the first adaptation of the novel Ring made for television. It is however not connected to the other films of the series. See more »

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Only for big fans
22 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film was produced by and originally shown on Fuji TV in Japan. Nevertheless, expect a bit of nudity (five scenes in all) and an attempted rape.

For a TV movie, this is surprisingly well filmed. People who are familiar with the 1998 theatrical film will follow the plot just fine. It's essentially the same, with some minor differences (Sadako's back story is different and the reporter is a male, for example).

I live in Japan, and this is the first "Ring" movie that most of my Japanese friends saw. Many of them claim it is scarier than the theatrical remake, but I cannot concur. The warped photos, videotape, ending, and generally eerie feel of the Japanese theatrical version make it far superior.


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