The Ring 2

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Overview

Hideo Nakata follows up on the phenomenal success of Ringu -- the highest grossing Japanese film up to that point -- with this effort. In the previous film, Reiko Nanako Matsushima was a television reporter doing a piece on a videotape that seemed to kill those who watched it. Not long after learning that the cause of the killing was a vengeful spirit named Sadako who inhabited the video, Reiko's researcher ex-husband Hiroyuki Sanada died a painful death, and the fate of Reiko's son, Yoichi Rikiya Otaka -- who ...
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Overview

Hideo Nakata follows up on the phenomenal success of Ringu -- the highest grossing Japanese film up to that point -- with this effort. In the previous film, Reiko Nanako Matsushima was a television reporter doing a piece on a videotape that seemed to kill those who watched it. Not long after learning that the cause of the killing was a vengeful spirit named Sadako who inhabited the video, Reiko's researcher ex-husband Hiroyuki Sanada died a painful death, and the fate of Reiko's son, Yoichi Rikiya Otaka -- who watched the tape -- was in doubt. Ring 2 opens with an autopsy of Sadako, whose supernatural rage was sparked when she was dumped in a well. Sadako's powers affect Yoichi, who survived the video and has become a medium of sorts for the wraith. Also affected is Reiko's dead husband's mistress, Mai Takano played by pop star Miki Nakatani, whose life has become a living nightmare. Also under Sadako's power is Masami Kurahashi Hitomi Sato, who was a schoolmate of one of Sadako's first victims. Though many try to get to the bottom of the problem -- including a psychologist Fumiyo Kohinata and a police detective Kenjiro Ishimaru -- the bodies start piling up.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
It's easy to fault sequels for not standing up to the originality of their predecessors, and even if the sequel turns out to be a decent, if not quite as effective film, the urge to attack sequels strictly on the basis of familiarity is just too difficult for some to resist. While this sequel to 1998's Ringu may not have an original plot device as unexpectedly chilling and urgent as that film's deadly videotape, it does provide a slow-burning terror that integrates minor characters from Ringu into an effectively creepy yarn that respects its viewers' intelligence and knowledge of the previous installment. Those unfamiliar with the original plot and characters will undoubtedly drown in the sea of speculation and newly revealed facts surrounding the mysterious Sadako, and for this reason a viewing of its predecessor is an essential prerequisite. Refining his almost clinical visual scheme into an even more effectively icy canvas, director Hideo Nakata has obviously progressed in terms of style, and while there is no immediate driving threat as compelling as the cursed videotape, Nakata has also mastered the art of maintaining a sustained dread that relies more on tone than situation. As the protagonists of Ringu 2 attempt to decipher the true abilities of Sadako's power in order to capture it and render it ineffective, viewers are drawn into their plight and offered a curious twist in the form of another, potentially much more explosively powerful, psychic child. Where Ringu implemented a fairly conventional means of distributing its scares, this sequel abandons the first film's methods, and in doing so, often catches the viewer off-guard to great effect. In all of its quiet moments of speculation, the viewer is never quite sure what corner of the screen the next chilling image will emerge from, and therefore, can never truly relax. This is where Ringu 2 truly excels in keeping viewers' pulses racing without the mystery of the first film, and their breath quickening with uncertainty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • UPC: 678149426625
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 88,543

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miki Nakatani Mai Takano
Hitomi Sato
Kyoko Fukada
Nanako Matsushima
Hiroyuki Sanada Ryuji Takayama
Fumiyo Kohinata Psychologist
Kenjiro Ishimaru Police Detective
Technical Credits
Hideo Nakata Director
Masato Hara Executive Producer, Producer
Takashige Ichise Producer
Makoto Ishihara Producer
Kenji Kawai Score Composer
Hajime Matsumoto Special Effects
Iwao Saito Production Designer
Hiroshi Takahashi Screenwriter
Nobuyuki Takahashi Editor
Hideo Yamamoto Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [4:16]
2. "Video Curse" [7:41]
3. The Mother and the Son Vanished [6:27]
4. Spirit Photography [7:17]
5. Please Help Me! [6:08]
6. I've Watched It [8:55]
7. Image of the Well [8:20]
8. Freak...! [12:46]
9. The River of Offering [15:26]
10. Sadako's Grudge [13:20]
11. An Image on a Polaroid Film [1:48]
12. End Credits [2:43]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Setup
      Audio: Japanese 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ringu 2

    Sequel to the original that continues where its left off with the return of the son of the main character and the girl at the end of the film besides sadako.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty good

    It isn't as good as the first "Ringu" but it is a pretty good sequel to it. It's rather confusing and kind of disturbing in a way but it's definately worth a shot. I'd recommend over the American remake hands down.

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