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The Ring Virus (1999)

Ling (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 12 June 1999 (South Korea)
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 »


Dong-bin Kim


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




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)
Kim Chang-wan
Bae Doona ... Park Eun-Suh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ggoch-ji Kim Ggoch-ji Kim
Nam-hee Kwon Nam-hee Kwon ... Sang-Mi's Mother (as Namhee Kwon)
Yeon-su Yu Yeon-su Yu ... (as Yeon-Su Yu)


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

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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 »


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Best version besides the original Japanese versions
15 February 2004 | by Angel_MeiruSee all my reviews

Damn, Koreans can make great films, just like their Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese counterparts. "Ring Virus" has to be one of the greatest Korean horror films besides "The Whispering Corridor" series.

Sure it may be somewhat simple in the Special Effects department, but that usually does work the best when working with supernatural horror films. This one, as well as many Japanese horror films and an earlier Korean techno-horror film called "Screen Sairen", "Ring Virus" as well as "Ringu" has quite an original plot. An accursed video tape is being spread around and people who don't copy it and share it or live a lonely life, will die.And Unlike the US version of "The Ring", the video shown in this movie is not a typical rip-off of a Marilyn Manson music video. Instead, it seems to start off with being rather kind and innocent, yet abstract looking, which makes things much more terrifying.

The settings of the film are quite excellent. The scenes filmed on the Cheju Island, is quite lush looking and beautiful, I started to wish I was on the Korean islands.Heck, I just wanna go over to South Korea, PERIOD!

If you can find this film, please get it. I know it is hard to find, but it is worth it, much more than the US version.

PS, Du-na Bae, the young adult actress who plays Eun-suh, is quite creppy looking, as well as gorgeous!

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