Ring

From AsianWiki
Jump to: navigation, search
Ring.jpg

Contents

User Rating

Current user rating: 83/100 (37 votes)

 You need to enable JavaScript to vote


Profile

  • Movie: Ring
  • Romaji: Ringu
  • Japanese: リング
  • Director: Hideo Nakata
  • Writer: Koji Suzuki, Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Producer:
  • Cinematographer:
  • Release Date: January 31. 1998
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Language: Japanese
  • Country: Japan

Plot

A blockbuster in Japan, this restrained horror film crosses urban legend conventions with Asian ghost story traditions, and the results are truly spooky. It opens as high schooler Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells another girl the story of a cursed videotape. If you watch it, Masami says, you'll get a phone call shortly after; no one will be on the line, and you'll die exactly one week later. Having suitably scared her friend, Masami admits that she and three friends actually saw the tape while away for the weekend at a country inn in Yitou. She pulls out a photo of the group: All the faces are mysteriously blurred. Moments later, Masami is dead of fright and her friend has gone mad. Masami's aunt, Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima), a TV reporter and the single mother of little Yoichi (Rikiya Otaka), investigates the tale of the tape and finds it widespread among local teenagers. She pursues the story to Yitou and sees the tape for herself: Its grainy images include a woman combing her hair in front of a mirror, a well in the woods and a newspaper article about a volcanic explosion 40 years earlier. The tape finishes, the phone rings, there's no-one on the line. Frightened, Reiko enlists the help of her ex-husband Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), a math professor, and together they discover that 40 years earlier, there was a psychic woman who could predict volcanic eruptions. She had an affair with a married researcher and bore him a daughter, Sadako (Orie Izuno); Ryuji and Reiko deduce that Sadako is responsible for the killing curse. Finding a way to circumvent it acquires new urgency when both Ryuji and Yoichi watch the tape. Subtle and atmospheric, this eerie chiller builds to a truly disturbing climax that owes nothing to squishy special effects and much to carefully contrived atmosphere. The film was adapted from a 1991 novel by young-adult novelist Koji Suzuki, Japan's answer to Stephen King; the book was the first in a hugely popular series, and the film spawned both a sequel and a prequel.


Cast

Film Festivals

Comments



Leave a Comment

Latest News Latest Trailers
* Yukie Nakama to appear in ep.1 of TV Asahi drama "Aibou: Season 13"
* Konomi Watanabe & Hinata Igarashi cast in TBS drama "Mama to Papa ga Ikiru Riyu"
* Mina Fujii & Bae Sung-Woo cast in sequel film "My Sassy Girl 2"
* Park Bo-Young cast in movie "Passion Like You're Sound And"
* Han Ye-Seul cast in SBS drama "Birth of a Beauty"
* Taisuke Fujigaya cast in Fuji TV drama "Nobunaga Concerto"
* Maki Horikita cast in NTV drama SP "Higanbana"
* Masato Sakai & Yui Aragaki cast in Fuji TV drama SP "Legal High SP 2"
* Yoji Yamada to direct new comedy film "It's Tough Being a Family"
* Nozomi Sasaki, Nanao cast in Fuji TV drama "First Class 2"
* Seo In-Guk, Lee Sung-Jae, Jo Yoon-Hee cast in KBS2 drama "The King's Face"
* Yoko Maki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ryunosuke Kamiki cast in live-action film "Poison Berry in My Brain"
* Mikako Tabe & Gou Ayano cast in live-action film "Piece of Cake"
* Reiko Fujiwara, Kanata Hongo, Mickey Curtis cast in movie "Cinema no Tenshi"
* Kenta KiritaniHirofumi Arai & Sarutoki Minagawa cast in live-action film "Bakuman"
* Osamu Mukai cast in Fuji TV drama "Nobunaga Concerto"
* Choi Jin-Hyuk & Baek Jin-Hee cast in MBC drama "Pride and Prejudice"
* Masaki Okada, Shota Sometani, Riko Narumi cast in movie "Strayer's Chronicle"
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Liar Game *tvN drama
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Big Match *teaser
*
Amw-Japan-flag.jpg
Until The Day Comes
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Set Me Free
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Fashion King
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
My Lovely Girl *ep.5
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Cart
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Naeil's Cantabile *teaser2
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Misaeng *teaser
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Family Secrets *tvN drama
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
My Lovely Girl *ep.4
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Naeil's Cantabile *KBS2 drama
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
The Spring Day of My Life *ep.5
*
Amw-Japan-flag.jpg
Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo *Kiss trailer
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Manhole *English subtitled teaser
*
Amw-Japan-flag.jpg
The Mourner *teaser
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Secret Door *ep.1 (6)
*
Amw-Japan-flag.jpg
Fuja
*
Amw-Japan-flag.jpg
Five Minutes To Tomorrow *teaser
*
Amw-South Korea-flag.jpg
Modern Farmer *SBS drama