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 The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club.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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Black and White (some sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

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

Spoofs Carrie (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale
Music by Tetsu
Lyrics by Hyde (as hyde)
Performed by L'Arc-en-Ciel
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Best story of the series
15 July 2003 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

When Ring conquered the far east in 1998, then began to spread to the west, audiences were shocked at the nature of new horror. No longer was blood, guts and gore the content used to scare viewers, but sheer unadulterated terror caused by a whole new approach of psychological tension and a surreal dreamlike fear. It spawned a decent sequel which didn't *quite* live up the original due to convolucence of the plot and slight contrivance. But for the 3rd movie in the series (I ignore the Korean 'Ring Virus') they went back to basics, and told a simple story. Ring 0 is a prequel. Yes, not everything is cleared up, but for sheer story telling and quality of drama Ring 0 is the best in the series. It doesn't quite contain the same level of fear as Ring, but that's on purpose to portray Sadako (Who could well be one of the most enduring 'villains' in movie history) as a vulnerable girl - to convey her upbringing and troubled existance. And on this level the movie works extremely well, and the viewer identifies with her. But it just wouldn't be Ring without a scare or 2, and the ending, while not *quite* as terrifying as Ring's ending (Due to the fact we are now getting familiar with Ring's 'tricks') is still extremely chilling and will scare you. Overall, excellent movie and thoroughly recommended.


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