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Ringu 0 (2000)

Ringu 0: Bâsudei (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, 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...

Director:

Norio Tsuruta

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama ... Sadako Yamamura
Seiichi Tanabe ... Hiroshi Tôyama
Kumiko Asô ... Etsuko Tachihara
Takeshi Wakamatsu Takeshi Wakamatsu ... Yûsaku Shigemori
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami ... Wataru Kuno
Kaoru Okunuki Kaoru Okunuki ... Aiko Hazuki
Yasushi Kimura Yasushi Kimura ... Togashi
Mami Hashimoto Mami Hashimoto ... Joshikôsei
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Masako Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Norio Murata Norio Murata ... Gekidan'in
Kôji Yano ... Gekidan'in
Hinata Takamine Hinata Takamine ... Gekidan'in
Tasuku Unô Tasuku Unô ... Gekidan'in
Akira Igarashi Akira Igarashi ... Gekidan'in
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Storyline

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 The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club.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.


Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Yôji Tanaka would go on to appear in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), which features another iconic J-horror antagonist Kayako Saeki. Both franchises would crossover in Sadako vs. Kayako (2016). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Heihachirô Ikuma: Forgive me, Sadako. Please forgive me.
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Connections

Referenced in Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ Continuo
Written by Tomaso Albinoni and Remo Giazotto
Courtesy of Gakken/Platz
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WONDERFUL prequel to the master of horror movies
7 February 2002 | by louisa_animaniacSee all my reviews

Wow... I don't know whether to love Sadako or fear her. "Ring 0" completes the trilogy and makes it into an epic. We delve into the complicated and frightening (yet very tragic) character that is Sadako Yamamura. Like "Ring 2", this film continues the enrichment of the Ring mythos. We watch the frightening, tragic story of Sadako unfold before our eyes. We discover a more human Sadako... one that feels love and compassion in spite of her peculiarities, and we are once again frightened as we were in the previous movies. In a way, the terror is more effective here than in "Ring 2" even in light of a movie that feels more like a tear-jerking drama at times than like a horror film. This is a must-see for fans of the first two movies. Watch it. You won't be sorry.. even if some of the introduced story elements seem a little strange. They are carried out beautifully! Sadako herself is beautiful and enchanting.

I'll conclude with one final statement: If you thought a staggering, ghostly Sadako was intimidating, wait until you see her when she's alive and kicking, and more powerful than she ever was as an ethereal presence. Now she has the ability to kill at will rather than with a cursed videotape!

Hmm.. do I sound like I'm contradicting myself about Sadako? I'm not going to explain myself. Just watch the movie and see for yourselves!


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ringu 0 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Toho See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Black and White (some sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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