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Ringu 0 (2000)

Ringu 0: Bâsudei (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 January 2000 (Japan)
In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama ... Sadako Yamamura
Seiichi Tanabe ... Hiroshi Tôyama
Kumiko Asô ... Etsuko Tachihara
Takeshi Wakamatsu ... Yûsaku Shigemori
Ryûshi Mizukami ... Wataru Kuno
Kaoru Okunuki ... Aiko Hazuki
Yasushi Kimura ... Togashi
Mami Hashimoto ... Joshikôsei
Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Norio Murata ... Gekidan'in
Kôji Yano ... Gekidan'in
Hinata Takamine ... Gekidan'in
Tasuku Unô ... Gekidan'in
Akira Igarashi ... Gekidan'in
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The prequel to the horror film Ringu, this movie provides the background story of how Sadako later became the vengeful murdering spirit. The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club. The director thinks she has talent, but some of the other performers start to get jealous of the attention he gives her. Meanwhile, a reporter investigating Sadako's spiritualist mother thinks there's something very suspicious about the young woman, and arrives on campus to confront Sadako just as a series of strange deaths start sweeping through the drama club. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The ring grows wider.

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Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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22 January 2000 (Japan)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,847,121
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Directorial debut of Norio Tsuruta. Tsuruta had previously worked on direct-to-video horror scripts such as Honto ni atta kowai hanashi (Scary True Stories) in 1991, and wrote and directed the sequel. After working on various television and direct-to-video works, Tsuruta got to work with screenwriter Hiroshi Takahashi on the segment "The Curse" on the television special Haunted School F. Takahashi lobbied for Tsuruta to take on the film. Tsuruta referred to the film as "a tragedy" with a theme about "a young woman who is oppressed because she is different from everyone else. In Japan, there is great pressure not to stray too far from the norm." See more »

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In one particular shot, Etsuko goes backstage for a scene in which no other person should have been present. And yet, in this scene, one can plainly see a small hand poking out from behind one of the dresses. See more »

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Written by Yukihiro
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18 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

After the original Ringu, there were many people who tried to ride the horror wave. Not much unlike the known Hollywood tradition, the Japanese film industry made many horror movies in the same vein, as is this prequel to the original Ringu.

This is one of the better movies to come out of the many copy-cats that followed the success of Ringu. It does tell you the story of the girl that lead her to become what she is (or was) in the Ringu movie, when you saw her. So if you've watched Ringu, you do know where this movie is going. Still it is more than interesting and engaging to see the journey of her! I don't know how it would feel if you'd watch this movie before Ringu, but one thing is for sure, if you like Ringu, you should watch this one too! It stays true to the original premise!


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