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The Ring

4.3 8
Director: Hideo Nakata

Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani

In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, a ghostly woman will appear and make the telephone ring; one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs -- but a week later, Imako dies in an auto accident. Imako's


In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, a ghostly woman will appear and make the telephone ring; one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs -- but a week later, Imako dies in an auto accident. Imako's Aunt, a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matushima), hears that not long before she died, Imako was watching a strange video with her friends -- all of whom have turned up dead. Reiko tracks down a copy of the video, and as she watches it's strange, spectral images, the telephone begins to ring ... The next morning, Reiko begins a desperate search to solve the mystery of the video, convinced she has only seven days to live; assisting her is Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), a mathematics expert and her former husband. The Ring was a box office success in its native Japan, and a surprise blockbuster in Hong Kong, where it became the biggest grossing film of the first half of 1999.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Films are usually remade not because they need to be fixed but because of an audience's unprecedented love affair with the original. In the case of Hideo Nakata's Ringu, the source for Gore Verbinski's shocker The Ring, the love affair reached the level of phenomenon in Japan -- where sequels, a TV series, and unending merchandise have made Ringu the country's Blair Witch. The simple story revolves around the mystery of a videotape rumored to carry a curse; anyone who watches the tape has only seven days left to live. As a journalist, her ex-husband, and their son become encircled by the lethal lore, the haunted tape's history and meaning become more and more apparent. But is there a way to stop the curse? Ringu's frightening power comes in part from making something as plain and unexpected as a videotape the focus of absolute terror. Like The Exorcist, the movie also thrives on a tone of inescapable doom interrupted by intermittent death-throe shocks. Rarely are the scares sensational in style, but they are always sensational in effect: The most spine-tingling moments involve a smudged photo and a reflection in a TV screen (and revealing that spoils nothing), while the cursed video itself -- which we get to see in toto (gulp!) -- appears at first to be outtakes from a Marilyn Manson music video, but it's easily one of the scariest avant-garde films you'll ever see. Surprisingly, Ringu actually made its initial appearance as a TV movie in Japan, before Nakata revised it for a theatrical release.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
This intensely creepy psychological thriller from Japan was no less than a cultural phenomenon in its native country when released in 1996. Though Ringu spawned a dizzying onslaught of product overkill comparable to the American Nightmare on Elm Street craze of the mid-'80s -- including sequels, a television series, and merchandise -- it owes its debt more stylistically and thematically to The X-Files, unnervingly bringing the urban legend into the digital age. Subtlety is the key to the overwhelming spookiness that permeates this mysterious tale. With excellent cinematography and a moody, deliberate pace, the film will transfix viewers as much as the unfortunate characters who impulsively and regretfully watch the enigmatic abstract video that will certainly spell their doom. Ringu is genuinely frightening in concept and execution, and the key to the its success lies not only in its visual presentation, but also in the sympathetic characterizations and the implied urgency of solving the mystery of the sinister video before it's too late. Initially a made-for-television movie, this more effective theatrical release is as chilling as they come. An American remake soon followed, though seeking out the original is highly recommended.

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Dreamworks Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

All-new high definition digital master!; Remixed in 5.1 digital surround!

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Black Sea
2. Rumors
3. Tomoko Is Calling   
4. Sudden Death
5. Curiosity
6. Mysterious Tape
7. Cursed Video
8. Distorted Picture
9. Investigation Begins
10. Dialect Meaning
11. Departure
12. Reiko's Fear
13. Mystery Of Oshima Island
14. Shizuko's Experiment
15. Fatal Day
16. The Well
17. Sadako's Curse
18. Reiko's Decision


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The Ring 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this one to be extremely good, much better than The Ring because it doesn't rely on graphics to make anything scary. But To me you need to understand the Japansese culure to know why they find ours so funny and same thing with us. There are a lot of things in the movie that are only scary if you are part of the culture. The sequals which are hard to get are also extremely good and fit the story line perfectly. Not losing the point like a lot of American movies have the tendancies to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so creepy.10 times better then the U.S. version.A must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is much better than the american version but this and that one are equally good. In this one its a similar but wiht a different twist and somewhat of the story. Same things happen in both movies like how she drags herself out of the T.V. and her hair shows a her eye which is completely back but with a white dot and in the other one it shows most of her face as she looks pretty mad at what her mother did to her so she's blaming just about everyone for her suffering. Ringu best movie out there and makes you want to watch it over and over to understand the whole story and if you missed anything important. Watch this one first then the american version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If your looking for a scary, don't-blink-because-you'll-miss-something type of movie then Ringu is not the movie for you. BUt if you like a movie with good twists, turns, and a great story line. But if you get this, you should get the other movies in the Ringu series as well. Also, the book is very good. As is the manga ^^
Guest More than 1 year ago
It wasn't very scary, and I personally think the American version was much better and Ringu is actually more funny than frightening. But the interesting thing about it is, the Japanese think *our* version is hysterical and that *their* version is freakin' scary. *shrug* cultural differances are weird, eh? Watch Ringu for a good laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the ring is my fave movie! so when i was at hollywood video and found ringu 4 sale, i had 2 buy it! it wasn't as good as the ring, but it was still creepy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago