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Any information on "Ringu" release?
Topic by: strider8899
Posted: December 3, 2002 - 2:04 AM PST
Last Reply: January 10, 2003 - 3:59 PM PST

author topic: Any information on "Ringu" release?
post #1  on December 3, 2002 - 2:04 AM PST  
I am curious to see the movie "Ringu". This is the Japanese book/movie that the recent movie "The Ring" is supposed to be an American version of. If anyone has any information on when this might be available here in the US I would love to know about it. Thanks. You can email me at
post #2  on December 3, 2002 - 11:13 AM PST  
I too was very interested in seeing Ringu, back when word about the American remake started making the rounds.

So, I went on Ebay and found someone selling a bootleg Region 0 copies of the film.

Right now that's the only way to see the film here in the states, unless you have a multi-region player. A Region 2 version is available as an import.

I'd be surprised if this changes anytime soon. Perhaps after The Ring has it's video release, Dreamworks will allow Ringu to be seen in the states.
post #3  on December 3, 2002 - 12:44 PM PST  
somebody correct me but i think the japanese title is just "ring" or "the ring" ... "ringu" is how the japanese transliteration is pronounced. for some reason a lot of japanese horror movies have (single-word) english titles.

i read in frederik schodt's manga! manga! why that was for comic books (it started with a love for english language humor magazines, i think he said) but it might not be the same reason for movies. could be just some english words are scary!
post #4  on December 3, 2002 - 12:52 PM PST  
By the way and for what it's worth and all that, the American remake has opened in Japan and, according to a news item I read, it's doing pretty well.
post #5  on December 3, 2002 - 12:55 PM PST  
For those of you who have a region free DVD player or computer software, and are impatient, Ring or Ringu is available on DVD in the UK: Ring at

post #6  on December 4, 2002 - 4:41 PM PST  
Just in case you live in the Bay Area and really want to see the Japanese releases. . .

I've seen Ringu 0, 1, and 2 available for rental on VHS. They are at Le Video (Sunset District) in San Francisco.

Good luck.
post #7  on December 6, 2002 - 10:58 AM PST  
HMMM, my local video store just got DVD copies of Ring, Ring 2 and Ring 0. Curious. They've been a nice source of import DVDs not available elsewhere, like Shoalin Soccer and Battle Royale.

I'll be taking a look and see where they came from.
post #8  on January 10, 2003 - 3:59 PM PST  
Universal just announced they will release on DVD the original Japanese version of Ring (going by the title of Ringu). Release date is March 4, same as the release of the American version on DVD.

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