26 user 59 critic

Sadako 3D (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror | 12 May 2012 (Japan)
1:39 | Trailer
The spiteful ghost of Sadako, a murdered woman whose body was thrown down a well, reaches the Internet searching for a host in order to live once again.


Tsutomu Hanabusa


Kôji Suzuki (based on the novel by), Yoshinobu Fujioka (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Credited cast:
Satomi Ishihara ... Akane Ayukawa
Kôji Seto Kôji Seto ... Takanori Ando
Ryôsei Tayama ... Detective Koiso
Tsutomu Takahashi Tsutomu Takahashi ... Detective Nakamura
Hikari Takara ... Risa Kitayama
Yûsuke Yamamoto ... Kiyoshi Kashiwada
Shôta Sometani ... Enoki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ai Hashimoto ... Sadako
Risako Itô Risako Itô
Shunsuke Itô Shunsuke Itô
Yôko Kita Yôko Kita ... Noriko Morisaki
Yûna Taira ... Young Akane


Akane is a high school teacher who hears a rumor from her students that there is actual footage on the Internet of someone's suicide. The footage is said to drive anyone who sees it to also commit suicide. Akane does not believe the rumor at first, but when one of her female students dies after viewing the footage, she and her boyfriend Takanori are fatefully drawn into the horror that has been created by the man who appears in the suicide footage, Kashiwada. Kashiwada's intention is to create chaos in the world by bringing back Sadako and the power of her curse. Now Akane has to fight against Sadako and Kashiwada to save the lives of herself and Takanori. Written by Uncle Creepy / dreadcentral

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The film is canonically the sequel to the film Spiral (1998), which was ignored as a sequel and replaced with Ring 2 (1999). See more »


Spin-off Sadako (2019) See more »

User Reviews

A great concept sadly misused
14 August 2014 | by youtubemisticaluserSee all my reviews

We live in times where VHS tapes are quite unpopular and idle, so of course a premise which focuses on a cursed VHS tape would not work anymore, as in scaring people who spend most of their times on their tablets, IPhones, Blu-Ray, Netflix etc. Then, through an insane worshiper, the curse reaches Internet, whereby Sadako's ghost searches from a supernaturally gifted host to occupy and live once again. This greatest plot ever thought to upgrade the "Ringu" premise is, unfortunately, misused in "Sadako 3D", which is surprising coming from the J-Horror genre full of such great films, "Ringu" itself included, that left Hollywood jealous and out of attention, forcing them to remake several Asian films.

"Sadako 3D" has a plausible plot for this high-tech times, but is visually absurd and spends most of its length focusing more on action and abusing of 3D effects, forgetting the new kind of thriller the story should provide. Basically, it turns out too much violent and noisy for a "Ringu" (or a J-Horror) film. Hopefully, this is an isolated case and won't happen to upcoming films, otherwise, be sure Japanese horror itself is cursed.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

12 May 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Sadako See more »


Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed