A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.
After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. ... See full summary »
In different parts of Tokyo, four young and seemingly healthy people suddenly die of heart failure at exactly the same moment. Reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa decides to investigate the deaths, ... See full summary »
The prequel to the horror film Ringu, this movie provides the background story of how Sadako later became the vengeful murdering spirit. The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club. The director thinks she has talent, but some of the other performers start to get jealous of the attention he gives her. Meanwhile, a reporter investigating Sadako's spiritualist mother thinks there's something very suspicious about the young woman, and arrives on campus to confront Sadako just as a series of strange deaths start sweeping through the drama club.Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Directorial debut of Norio Tsuruta. Tsuruta had previously worked on direct-to-video horror scripts such as Honto ni atta kowai hanashi (Scary True Stories) in 1991, and wrote and directed the sequel. After working on various television and direct-to-video works, Tsuruta got to work with screenwriter Hiroshi Takahashi on the segment "The Curse" on the television special Haunted School F. Takahashi lobbied for Tsuruta to take on the film. Tsuruta referred to the film as "a tragedy" with a theme about "a young woman who is oppressed because she is different from everyone else. In Japan, there is great pressure not to stray too far from the norm." See more »
In one particular shot, Etsuko goes backstage for a scene in which no other person should have been present. And yet, in this scene, one can plainly see a small hand poking out from behind one of the dresses. See more »
I really enjoy the way the eastern cinema presents horror. It is amazing the way they join the Asian culture, their myths and their paraphysical experiences with their modern way of living and thinking. Unfortunately, this trilogy was quite disappointed. First of all, the scenario was full of gaps. I my-self, as a western audience, I'm not familiar with the eastern tradition and myths, and I enjoy a more realistic approach of what it is called metaphysic. Watching the first two films of the trilogy, I was full of questions about Sadaco's origin and about her motives. I was hopping that the third movie would have been more explanatory. In addiction to that, Ring Birth had not succeed in giving answers, on the contrary. Who was Sadaco's father, who was the other Sadaco, has she really died, why she couldn't escape, why the reporter was after her and so on. The dialogue and the plot was poor. The unexpected end was totally out of space and the actor surely have not nominated for an oscar.
This thriller had all the elements for becoming a very good movie. But there is something in it that doesn't fit at all. Probably, it's because we are used to films that their inner coherence and structure is visible. The myth was interesting, so I suggest the director to make another film as well. And this time, he should be more specific and direct.
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