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Ringu (1998)
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Ringu (1998) Reiko Asakawa is a young journalist with a divorced husband, Ryuji, and a son, yoichi. Her niece, Tomoko, was recently found dead with a look of pure shock embedded in her face as if something scared her to death. Upon learning that her niece's three friends died at the same time, too, and hearing about a disturbing videotape that is said to kill you seven days after watching it, Reiko comes into the possession of that same tape. Now, as time grows short, Reiko and Ryuji race to save their lives from impending doom and discover what the tape has to do with a tragedy-stricken volcanic island and a very strange little girl named Sadako ...

Movie Tagline:
"One curse, one cure, one week to find it"

Title: Ringu
Release Date: March 04, 2003
Runtime: 96 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Mystery
Languages: Japanese
Country: Japan
Colors: Black and White, Color
Sound: Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Buried.com Rating: 8.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With R

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Hideo Nakata

Nanako Matsushima ...Reiko Asakawa
Miki Nakatani ...Mai Takano
yuko Takeuchi ...Tomoko Oishi
Hitomi Sato ...Masami
yoichi Numata ...Takashi yamamura
yutaka Matsushige ...yoshino
Katsumi Muramatsu ...Koichi Asakawa
Rikiya Otaka ...yoichi Asakawa
Masako ...Shizuko yamamura
Daisuke Ban ...Heihachiro Ikuma
Kanehiro Ri ...Komiya Kameraman
yurei yanagi ...AD Okazaki
yoko Oshima ...Reiko no Oba
Kiriko Shimizu ...yoshimi Oishi
Makoto Kakeda ...Kanrinin
Rie Ino'o ...Sadako yamamura
Hiroyuki Tanabe ...Hayatsu
Miwako Kaji ...Kazue yamamura
yoko Honma ...Chugakusei A
Asami Nagata ...Chugakusei B
yukiko Shimodaira ...Chugakusei C
Keiko yoshida ...Kokosei A
yoshiko Matsumaru ...Kokosei B (as yuko Matsumaru)
Ayumu Naose ...Kokosei C
Maki Ikeda ...yoko Tsuji
Takashi Takayama ...Takehiko Nomi
Chihiro Shirai ...Sadako as a young Girl
Toshihiko Takeda ...Seinen Jidai no yamamura
Mantaro Koichi ...Kokaido no Shikoyaku
Shin'ichi Noda ...Kisha Daihyo A

» [more cast members]

Masato Hara
Takashige Ichise
Makoto Ishihara
Tatsuya Isomura
Shin'ya Kawai
Takenori Sento

Hiroshi Takahashi
Koji Suzuki

Kenji Kawai

Ringu Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • "One curse, one cure, one week to find it"
  • "Will scare the hell out of you!"
Movie Quote(s):
  • Yoichi Asakawa: You know what, Mum? Reiko Asakawa: Yes? Yoichi Asakawa: Tomo-chan watched the cursed video!
  • Reiko Asakawa: So that video is... Ryuji Takayama: It's not of this world. It's Sadako's fury. And she's put a curse on us.
  • Reiko Asakawa: Take my photo... [hands Ryuji a Polaroid camera] Ryuji Takayama: Look at me. Reiko Asakawa: Hurry up! [Ryuji takes the picture and looks at it. The picture of Reiko's face is blurred]
  • Reiko Asakawa: Four people died from watching this videotape! Ryuji Takayama: [laughing] Then go to the shrine and get exorcized!
  • [on the ship to Oshima Island] Reiko Asakawa: How did the rumours about the video even start in the first place? Ryuji Takayama: This kind of thing... it doesn't start by one person telling a story. It's more like everyone's fear just takes on a life of its own. Reiko Asakawa: Fear... Ryuji Takayama: Or maybe it isn't our fear, maybe it's what we secretly hope is true.
Movie Trivia:
  • The effect of Sadako coming out of the well was accomplished with only one simple special effect. Rie Ino'o, who is a student of the Kabuki theatre, which uses exaggerated motion and jerking movements to emphasize emotion, was heavily involved in the development of the Sadako character. Inou was filmed walking backwards and the film was run in reverse - the end result is Sadako walking forwards with unnatural motions.
  • Yamamura Shizuko is based on a real person, Mifune Chizuko, who was born in 1886 in Kumamoto Prefecture and who was rumored to have the gift of foresight. After a demonstration in 1910, she was proclaimed a charlatan and committed suicide a year later by ingesting poison.
  • The highest grossing horror film in Japanese history.
  • Kji Suzuki got his inspiration for the Ringu novel from his favorite horror movie Poltergeist (1982).
  • The characters of Sadako and Shizuko are named after and loosely based on two real women. Both were taken under the wing of Professor Fukurai Tomokichi and, whilst not actually mother and daughter, Takahashi Sadako did work with the professor soon after Chizuko's suicide. Neither woman possessed the gift of nensha, but another student of the professor, Nagao Ikuko, was believed to have this power.
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