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Ringu (1998)

Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, more...
Director: Hideo Nakata, Hideo Nakata
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: DreamWorks
Genre: Foreign, Horror, Japan, Asian Horror
Running Time: 96 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, a ghostly woman will appear and make the telephone ring; one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs -- but a week later, Imako dies in an auto accident. Imako's Aunt, a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matushima), hears that not long before she died, Imako was watching a strange video with her friends -- all of whom have turned up dead. Reiko tracks down a copy of the video, and as she watches it's strange, spectral images, the telephone begins to ring ... The next morning, Reiko begins a desperate search to solve the mystery of the video, convinced she has only seven days to live; assisting her is Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), a mathematics expert and her former husband. The Ring was a box office success in its native Japan, and a surprise blockbuster in Hong Kong, where it became the biggest grossing film of the first half of 1999. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Again, the original is much better than the re-make by rancimo April 2, 2005 - 9:48 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Of all the horror movies I've seen this was by far one of the best. I personally liked it much more than the US version, which was filled with alot more special effects. I felt that the Japanese version was much scarier in that it was more realistic and possible. Being knowledgable in Japanese culture and lifestyle, this movie gave me chills for days!!!

Watch it over and over by ggsuperhero June 17, 2003 - 11:45 AM PDT
8 out of 13 members found this review helpful
First, I have to admit that after having seen "The Ring" in the theatres and then "Ringu" on DVD shortly after, I liked the American version better. Okay, before you start gasping - read this whole review. I thought that the American version went deeper into the details of the girls' story and showed us the reason why these events were happening. I therefore empathized with the characters in the American version more than I did with the characters in the Japanese version.

However, what I will say in the second part of this review may come as a surprise to you, as it certainly surprised me. I watched Ringu the second time around last weekend and boy, was it scarier than when I saw it first! Ringu's pace is certainly slower than The Ring but when I saw Ringu the second time around I appreciated the pace rather than got annoyed by it. Every aspect of the film just worked much better for me: the pace, the music and sound effects and the acting. I am still trying to figure out why this is the case, any hints? I encourage you to watch this film twice or three times to get the most out of it. Let me know if it worked for you as it did for me

Ringu vs. The Ring by Deckard0 April 23, 2003 - 8:12 AM PDT
15 out of 17 members found this review helpful
After having seen both Ringu and The Ring, I can say that what I had suspected came true, American remakes usually pale in comparison to their foreign counterparts. Ringu is a finer crafted film with better direction, art design, and acting (a bit over the top sometimes.) The Ring is more in your face and provides more cheap scares, which supposedly appeal to American audiences. I would recommend watching both films, preferrably the Japanese version first, to obtain an idea on cultural differences in cinema and what audiences may or may not find frightening.

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