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Ringu (1998) Movie Information

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Hideo Nakata


Nanako Matsushima
Miki Nakatani
Hiroyuki Sanada
Yuko Takeuchi
Hitomi Sato
Yoichi Numata





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A reporter investigates a video tape that is supposed to kill you seven days after viewing it.

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DJ 10/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I have seen both, The Ring and Ringu. Between the two of them, I like Ringu better, however, I felt "The Ring" was a little more scarier. Both of these are well done, so I would watch both. The only thing I didn't like was the boy in The Ring. He was very strange. The Ring develops Samara's character a little bit better with the history behind Samara's home life. However both of the Samara's in the two movies are different. If you like psychological horror, I would watch Ringu first, then watch The Ring. No gory scenes.

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Moviehead 04/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Do you know what is so good about this movie? i watched parody on it before it and still it was effective

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Daniel Corleone 08/18/2011 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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A foreign film that really has a cool premise for a horror story. There was a time when video tapes were huge, way before mpegs, laser discs or DVDs. This has one of the scariest background music with really shocking moments that would make you jump out of your seat during the theater. The cinematography and tempo in storytelling was just adequate. I was fortunate to view this in a movie theater to really experience the crowds reaction to this frightening masterpiece. It may have been one of the scariest films I have seen, I wont tell any details but it might change your views of TV and videotapes after viewing this.

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gideon43 05/21/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The movie that started the so-called "New Wave" of Japanese Horror Movies, Ringu is a spine tingling exercise in psychological terror. Based on a best selling novel by Koji Suzuki which itself takes its origins from a Japanese folk tale, Ringu spawned a number of sequels, prequels and westernised re-makes. It also paved the way for the success of other East Asian fright fests such as Ju-on: The Grudge (2003), Dark Water (2002) and The Eye (2002) (all also re-made for Western eyes). Highly imaginative, unpretentious and quite simply terrifying, Ringu delves deep into the human soul and rips the heart right out of it. Do not watch alone

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fifteen% 07/10/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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the best japanese horror film of all

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01/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The american version is so much better imo

Being a fan of the americanized version of this story aka The Ring i was told by many to watch the Japanese version as it was ten times more scarier. After watching this i will say there was one moment in the whole film that made me jump and that was it. The japanese version is pretty much the same story only weaker in my opinion. I am no stranger to foreign films expecially in the horror genre as some are quite frankly what everyone says they are and that is more terrifying than persay the ones we see here in North America. The director Hideo Nakata gives us one thing thats worth recommending in this film and that is one scary soundtrack however the rest just falls short. I will be seeking out the japanese sequel to this as well as i want to see what they did with that as well.

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