6.3/10
1,975
48 user 24 critic
After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. ... See full summary »

Director:

Dong-bin Kim

Writers:

Dong-bin Kim (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Ringu 0 (2000)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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
Stars: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô
Rasen (1998)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

Director: Jôji Iida
Stars: Kôichi Satô, Miki Nakatani, Hinako Saeki
Ringu 2 (1999)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyoko Fukada
Ringu (TV Movie 1995)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In different parts of Tokyo, four young and seemingly healthy people suddenly die of heart failure at exactly the same moment. Reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa decides to investigate the deaths, ... See full summary »

Director: Chisui Takigawa
Stars: Katsunori Takahashi, Ayane Miura, Mai Tachihara
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Akane begins seeing visions of a female ghost wearing the same yellow hat and red satchel she wore as a school child.

Director: Ryûta Miyake
Stars: Hiroki Suzuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa, Natsuki Kasa
Ju-on (Video 2000)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A teacher visits the house of one of his students after the boy goes missing, only to have a horrifying excuse for his absence from school.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Yûrei Yanagi, Yue, Ryôta Koyama
Ju-on 2 (2000)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

On his request, the sensitive sister of a real estate agent visits a house he intends to put on sell, only to cross paths with its resident curse.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Yûrei Yanagi, Takako Fuji, Takashi Matsuyama
Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

After losing her child at birth, the dark horror of the grudge begins growing within her.

Director: Mari Asato
Stars: Kôji Seto, Kuniteru Shigeyama, Kana Tsugihara
Sadako 3D 2 (2013)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Fuko Ando (Miori Takimoto) is a 24-years-old graduate student in psychology. She is tasked to take care of her 4-year-old niece. Soon, mysterious events occur around her niece. She then ... See full summary »

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Stars: Miori Takimoto, Kôji Seto, Kokoro Hirasawa
Ju-on 2 (2003)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

As their curse spreads on all around, the ghosts find their chance to live once again through the pregnancy of a cursed woman.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie
Sadako 3D (2012)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

The spiteful ghost of Sadako, a murdered woman whose body was thrown down a well, reaches Internet searching for a host in order to live once again.

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa
Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Kôji Seto, Ryôsei Tayama
4444444444 (Video 1998)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young man hears a phone ringing and answers it.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Stars: Kazushi Andô, Daiki Sawada
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Eun-Kyung Shin Eun-Kyung Shin ... Sun-ju
Seung-Hyun Lee Seung-Hyun Lee ... (as Seung-hyeon Lee)
Jin-young Jung ... Choi Yeol (as Jin-yeong Jeong)
Chang-wan Kim
Doona Bae ... Park Eun-Suh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ggoch-ji Kim Ggoch-ji Kim
Namhee Kwon Namhee Kwon ... Sang-Mi's Mother
Yeon-su Yu Yeon-su Yu ... (as Yeon-Su Yu)
Edit

Storyline

After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. She discloses that the four friends had just watched a videotape exactly one week before their death in a resort. She travels to the place and finds the deadly video and after watching the weird footage, her telephone rings. When she takes a picture of herself, she sees her image blurred the same way that happened with the teenagers. She makes a copy of the cursed tape to her acquaintance, the skeptical coroner Choi Yeol. Together they seek for a hint, and find that it was taped thorough telekinesis by Eun-suh, a psychic girl that had disappeared years ago. When Sun-ju's little daughter watches the movie, Sun-ju has a stronger reason to unravel the mystery to save her daughter and her own lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

curse | reporter | tsunami | morgue | video | See All (20) »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

12 June 1999 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ring Virus See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,533,116
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

AFDF See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although a South Korean remake of Ringu (1998), the film also takes more elements from the original book by Kôji Suzuki than the 1998 Japanese film does. See more »

Quotes

Sun-ju: You have given birth to something haven't you?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Ring (2015) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Korean/Japanese Ring Virus is quality viewing
26 December 2002 | by jefferyqSee all my reviews

I have viewed all versions of Ring and it seems my very unpopular opinion is that this version is the best choice. Why? The story unfold at a much better pace and relies less on 'mysterious insight' and the random exposition that sometimes clutters the Japanese 'psychic horror/mystery' films...you know the kind of scenes: two characters walk up to a piece of string and one looks at it and starts telling the other (and the viewer) the events leading up to the string's appearance. And no, I don't dislike that style completely, it does save a lot of time (and money for the crew) and advances the story rather quickly...it's just that I found slower building story of the Korean version to be far more interesting - and as far as my investigations have found, truer to the novel these films are based on. A good example is the omission of the distorted photographs (which are in both the US and Japanese versions) - I am told that was not in the book.

The scary, more straight horror aspect of the Japanese (and even more so with the gore injected U.S. version) have been toned down to an almost non-existent state...one of the reasons why most people probably don't like this version. The video itself is a definite improvement. The fact that it doesn't 'cut off' abruptly but rather, taped over before the solution could be given - that is brilliant! Especially in light of current urban legend interest.

Simple version: See Ring Virus if you want a more detailed, story-driven version (some say 'boring') - more of a creepy drama. The Japanese version if you want a mysterious psychic-powered ghost film. The US version if you want a hyperactive, steroid injected retelling of the Japanese version, in English.

In the end, it just depends which method you like best.


19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 48 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed