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Ringu 0 (2000)

Ringu 0: Bâsudei (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 January 2000 (Japan)
In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director:

Norio Tsuruta

Writers:

Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama ... Sadako Yamamura
Seiichi Tanabe ... Hiroshi Tôyama
Kumiko Asô ... Etsuko Tachihara
Takeshi Wakamatsu Takeshi Wakamatsu ... Yûsaku Shigemori
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami ... Wataru Kuno
Kaoru Okunuki Kaoru Okunuki ... Aiko Hazuki
Yasushi Kimura Yasushi Kimura ... Togashi
Mami Hashimoto Mami Hashimoto ... Joshikôsei
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Masako Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Norio Murata Norio Murata ... Gekidan'in
Kôji Yano ... Gekidan'in
Hinata Takamine Hinata Takamine ... Gekidan'in
Tasuku Unô Tasuku Unô ... Gekidan'in
Akira Igarashi Akira Igarashi ... Gekidan'in
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Storyline

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 The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club.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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The ring grows wider.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ringu 0 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Black and White (some sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Heihachirô Ikuma: Forgive me, Sadako. Please forgive me.
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Connections

Follows Ringu (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

The Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ Continuo
Written by Tomaso Albinoni and Remo Giazotto
Courtesy of Gakken/Platz
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User Reviews

A masterpiece or what?
25 July 2004 | by narya_shadowfaxSee all my reviews

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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