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Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 31 January 1998 (Japan)
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

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Mai Takano
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Tomoko Ôishi
Hitomi Satô ...
Masami
Yôichi Numata ...
Takashi Yamamura
Yutaka Matsushige ...
Yoshino
Katsumi Muramatsu ...
Kôichi Asakawa
Rikiya Ôtaka ...
Masako ...
Shizuko Yamamura
Daisuke Ban ...
Heihachirô Ikuma
Hiroshi Sakuma ...
Komiya Kameraman (as Kanehiro Ri)
Yûrei Yanagi ...
AD Okazaki
Yôko Ohshima ...
Reiko no Oba
Kiriko Shimizu ...
Yoshimi Ôishi
Makoto Kakeda ...
Kanrinin
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Reiko Asakawa is researching into a 'Cursed Video' interviewing teenagers about it. When her niece Tomoko dies of 'sudden heart failure' with an unnaturally horrified expression on her face, Reiko investigates. She finds out that some of Tomoko's friends, who had been on a holiday with Tomoko the week before, had died on exactly the same night at the exact same time in the exact same way. Reiko goes to the cabin where the teens had stayed and finds an 'unlabeled' video tape. Reiko watched the tape to discover to her horror it is in fact the 'cursed videotape'. Ex-Husband Ryuji helps Reiko solve the mystery, Reiko makes him a copy for further investigation. Things become more tense when their son Yoichi watches the tape saying Tomoko had told him to. Their discovery takes them to a volcanic island where they discover that the video has a connection to a psychic who died 30 years ago, and her child Sadako... Written by Hana Jo Gilmour

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Horror | Mystery

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Ring  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

£8,690,429
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The American trailer for Ringu pronounces the word as "ring-oo," but in fact, Japanese words must end either with a vowel or an -n. The "u" should be pronounced as a softly vocalized schwa; the word is taken from the Anglo-American verb, regarding the cyclical nature of Sadako's curse, and has nothing to do with the visual circular rings of the American remake. See more »

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In a close-up of Sadako in the end scene, one of her fake finger extensions is coming off. See more »

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Reiko Asakawa: Four people died from watching this videotape!
Ryuji Takayama: [laughing] Then go to the shrine and get exorcized!
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Have to disagree with Mike, the original is better.
3 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the comment above from Mike Washen. Indeed, the storyline of both movies is similar for the first part of the movie (no complaints so far), but the second part of the originals movie is more believable IMHO. The original has only one real special effect but this does not mean that the movie isn't scary. Especially due to this lack of special effects a better thrill is created al throughout the movie. One sees just enough to get scared. The originals story builds up a tad more slowly which gives a better story overall. If you are going for special effects, take the remake. If you like to see all 4 movies and like a scary experience overall take the original.


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