The success of the 2002 American movie The Ring, a remake of Hideo Nakata's Ringu, has excited interest both in the original film and in the novel on which it's based. The plot will be familiar to the movie's many fans: a reporter, Asakawa, connects the death of his niece to the deaths of three other high school students. During his investigation, he discovers a videotape with a terrible warning: "Those who view these images are fated to die at this exact moment one week from now." With the aid of a friend, Asakawa traces the video to an alleged psychic and her daughter, Sadako. As in a classic ghost story, fate singles out one, often innocent character as a scapegoat. But the misogynistic society that persecutes Sadako and her mother must ultimately bear witness to its sin-or perish. Despite a somewhat pedestrian and unintentionally comic prose style that seems derived from manga comics ("Ryuji was right. Men could not bear children"), fans of the movie won't be disappointed. Anyone curious in how the Japanese see themselves will find this book a fascinating, and ultimately highly disturbing, experience.
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The recent horror/suspense film called The Ring was a remake of the Japanese film Ringu, which was in turn based on a 1991 novel that is now appearing in English for the first time. The novel, which tells the story of a journalist investigating the apparently simultaneous deaths of four teenagers, begins as a traditional mystery. But it glides smoothly into horror when the journalist discovers that all four victims watched a videotape that guaranteed their deaths in one week if they did not do a certain thing (details are missing from the tape). If the journalist can't figure out what happened, he, too, the tape prophesizes, is doomed. Told with a minimum of horror cliches, the novel creates a sense of slowly mounting dread, as though something unpleasant is inevitable, and we are powerless to stop it. With the release of The Ring (and its Japanese inspiration) on video (and talk of a sequel to the American film), this novel is sure to be much in demand among both mystery and horror fans. David Pitt
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When I found this in a second-hand bookstore I snapped it up, excited to read the original story of the fantastically scary and satisfying Ringu and Ring films. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lynette McClenaghan
I worked on the American version of the film and read this many years later. I found it to be very interesting what changes were made by the different movie adaptations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Pemberton
Let me first say that I'm an instructor at a community college and assigned this English translation for my class. The book is MUCH better than the movie! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joseph Ferrerosa
I wanted the novel, that's all. My first experience with the Ring series was a crap one because I was exposed to the boring, not scary in the least Amerian-made movie version of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by David
Firstly, I have not watched the film of this book.
I'm not too keen on horror/creepy movies because of those dang 'pop out' scenes.. Read more
I had no idea this was a book first! This is excellent- especially if you loved the movie. Here you will find some stuff that you further explains the events in the movies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erick Rasmussen
I have seen the american version of The Ring movie and so I was blown away by the difference. It is a thriller that builds on the characters and helps you to feel their fear after... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alex
OK this book freaked me out! The movie was a slumber party story stable from when I was little, so I always was kind of into The Ring. Read morePublished 13 months ago by allison898