Overall Rank: 7989
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 21
Theatrical Release Date: 01/22/2000
Genre: Horror, Thriller
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Norio Tsuruta
Actors: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Aso, Yoshiko Tanaka, Ryûji Mizukami, Takeshi Wakamatsu
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Yojimbo - wrote on 09/17/2012
A very stylish horror film with some great imagery, but I was expecting more. The build up of tension and suspense is tangible but it's all deflated by an unsatisfying ending. Just seeing a bunch of people keeling over in a copse seemed hugely anti-climactic to me.
fifteen% - wrote on 07/10/2009
this is the backstory of sadako, before she became a monster. she was actually completely adorable.
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carlotta - wrote on 10/06/2008
This 'prequel' is a must for Ringu fans. It adds a whole new dimension to the story of Sadako; in fact it adds another Sadako, but that's as far as I can go without spoiling the plot.
Basudei tells what happened to Sadako after the death of her mother, when as a young adult she joins a theatre troupe in Tokyo. Sadako is young and beautiful, and attracts the affections of a young man in the troupe. The middle-aged director also takes a liking to her, but for more sinister reasons.
All this is complicated by a presence which seems to follow Sadako...a presence which is pure evil. As in Ringu, the tone is low-key as the horror very gradually unfolds. The ending is terrific, if your nerve holds and you can watch it!
This is a very worthy precursor to Ringu. Highly recommended!
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