Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find a way to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim.Written by
The backstory that creates the curse in this series is strongly reminiscent of the myth of Oiwa, a traditional Japanese onryo (resentful ghost) legend. Oiwa was a housewife disfigured and brutally murdered by her unfaithful husband. She returns to haunt him and makes him murder his new lover. According to the legend, a curse accompanies her story, and that those who retell it will suffer injuries and even death. The disfigured aspect of the onryo is likely what inspired Sadako Yamamura's appearance in Ringu (1998). See more »
(at around 57 mins) When Karen is in the shower, after the hand comes out of her head, she spins around in the shower stall and you can see the black tube top/strapless bra she is wearing. See more »
Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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The rated PG-13 version is run 91 minutes, and unrated is run 98 minutes. See more »
If you've seen the Japanese originals, you've already seen this film.
This review is really a word of warning, if you've seen any of the earlier Japanese versions of this story you've seen this movie before. If you've seen all four of the earlier films, you've really seen everything (except the frightening opening with Bill Pullman) and you'd best wait for home video.
I understand that the film makers wanted to make sure that this film worked and made them money, so they repeated what worked, even casting the same Japanese actors for the kid and other roles; but it would have been nice if they had done more that was new beyond the opening sequence.
This isn't to say that the film is bad, its not, rather, its just that unless you're walking in to the film fresh odds are you're going to be like me and know what each five or ten minutes is going to bring because of the set up of the sequence.
For me it was a 6 out of 10, for fresh eyes probably higher.
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