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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...

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 The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club.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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The ring grows wider.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,847,121
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Black and White (some sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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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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Powerful
14 August 2004 | by GafkeSee all my reviews

In Ring O, which takes place 30 years before the events of Ringu, we are introduced to Sadako Yamamura, a painfully shy young girl who is literally torn in two by her mysterious heritage. Sadako, haunted by frightening visions of ghosts and bloody omens of the future, is a tense and silent girl with an ethereal beauty. She has found happiness in a local drama troupe, despite the fact that few of her fellow actors like her - Sadako is too quiet, a little creepy, and always seems to have something "standing behind her" - something that no one can quite see. The cast of an upcoming play all begin to have similar dreams in which an old house, a forest by the sea and a crumbling well all make an appearance. When the star of the play dies unexpectedly, and Sadako is given her role, suspicion mounts. Odd occurrences plague the set, a news reporter with a secret agenda begins to investigate Sadako and Sadako herself falls in love with a handsome sound engineer named Toyama, the only one who believes that Sadako is innocent. But if she is, then what is causing the poltergeist activity in the theater? What is the source of the strange, eerie sound that everyone can hear? And whose voice said "You will die" on a recording made at the time of a young woman's death?

This is a strong entry in the Ringu series, more of a psychological drama than anything else. Sadako, like Carrie White, is a girl with no self-esteem, wandering through the film in dumpy clothes with her hair in her face. She is truly a good, sweet girl who is simply pushed too far at last. There are some creepy moments scattered through the film featuring grainy dream sequences, stricken corpses and a very creepy shot of Sadako's insane mother during a flashback. There's also a great climax featuring Sadako as we all remember her - hair in her face and clad in a long white dress - literally jumping into view and then creeping up on her two victims in a scene that was clearly shot backwards and then run forwards, giving her movements a hideous jerkiness. Yukie Nakama is very good as Sadako, giving us a tragic heroine who is good and pure and possesses the power to heal the sick. Your sympathy will lie with Sadako, even as her dark past is revealed. The good Sadako suffers unbearably and you will suffer with her, right up to the chilling, but inevitable, ending.

This is a must see for Ring fans. Very highly recommended.


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