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 The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club.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

Sadako Yamamura: Mother! Who is father?
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Connections

Followed by Sadako 3D (2012) 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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User Reviews

 
Not as good as Ring, but a solid horror movie
5 February 2006 | by MrVibratingSee all my reviews

This is a prequel which actually works and explains things rather than giving even more questions. You can argue weather the mystery of Sadako is better left untouched, but the fact still remains; this is a good movie.

The lead (Yukie Nakama as a shy Sadako) is very good, even though it's obvious she's a Japanese version of Carrie White; misunderstood, creepy and with gifts she never wanted. That's the only real problem with this movie; the original ring movie was just that; original. This movie however, get's inspiration from other sources, such as Carrie, and that removes some of it's power.

While it's not as moody as Ring, Ring 0 still has some very good horror scenes and some smart camera-work. Seeing a white shape just at the edge of the screen is much more effective than, for example, the killer's POV.

As with Ring, this is a bit slow but builds up to a good finale. There are no special effects really, and it's very down-to-earth, one of the qualities of this and Ring.

Finally, there's the fact that it's Japanese. There's something refreshing about seeing a movie in a different language, in different environments, in a different culture.

I recommend this movie to those who liked Ring. It's definitely a worthy prequel. 7/10


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Black and White (some sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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