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Ringu 2 (1999)

Miki Nakatani , Hitomi Sat˘ , Hideo Nakata  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Sat˘, Ky˘ko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata, Kenjir˘ Ishimaru
  • Directors: Hideo Nakata
  • Writers: Hiroshi Takahashi, K˘ji Suzuki
  • Producers: Makoto Ishihara, Masato Hara, Takashige Ichise
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dreamworks / Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X765A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ringu 2" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

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. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Sequels, to just about anything, usually have a tough hill to climb in order to actually be worth any sort of merit. Sequels to movies are usually the least rewarding of them all...and when you have to follow up a classic that makes things even harder.

And on top of all that, it is a horror movie sequel. Horror being a genre where there is almost no middle ground. A horror movie that doesn't constantly scare in people's minds is a bad horror film. Period. End of story. It is also a genre that gets churned out en masse every year (since they can be made cheap by just about anybody) so much that like any protagonist in a survival horror film...the good ones are heavily outnumbered.

Ringu was a movie that created a sense of dread and urgency about it. It didn't heap on the jump scares or anything but if you ask any horror aficionado the "sense of dread" a movie elicits is better than being "jump scared" every five minutes.

It was a movie with a mystery to it. One that just didn't need to be solved but HAD to be solved at all costs...and mystery is an ingredient that makes any horror outing all the better.

So what happens when you have to follow up a movie where the main mystery of the prequel gets solved? Having read the Ringu and Rasen novels respectively Rasen turns out to be the more interesting and dread inducing piece...and as you no doubt already know from other reviews the movie adaption to that one didn't fly so well. So how do you essentially "re-do" a sequel to a movie that already had one?

For a movie that had just about everything against it Ringu 2 is one of the more competent horror movie sequels you will come across. Is it great? No. That is even RARER in horror sequels. But it is a worthy effort.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ring around Sadako September 21, 2005
In 1998, the sequel to the hit horror film "Ringu" was made. The film "Rasen" was based on Koji Suzuki's sequel of the same name. Well, people hated the movie, and it tanked at the box office. So the succeeding year, the production company made a totally unrelated sequel: "Ringu 2."

As a result, "Ringu 2" is not up to the standards of the original movie; it suffers from a case of sequelitis, and it has little connection to Suzuki's original books. Despite this, it's not nearly as bad as it could have been. It suffers from several weak spots (Mai, Mai, Mai), but has quite a few chills too.

It picks up where "Ringu" left off: Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada) has died of the curse, and ex-wife Reiko (Nanako Matsushima) and her young son have vanished. Mai Takano (Miki Nakatani), Ryuji's girlfriend, is shocked by his mysterious demise. Soon she hears rumours of a cursed videotape, which kills anyone who watches it, seven days later.

Searching for more answers, Mai sets out to find Reiko and her son Yoichi (Rikiya Otaka). But when she does, she finds that Yoichi is demonstrating psychic powers similar to the ghoulish Sadako. Unsurprisingly, Reiko isn't about to allow Sadako to possess her son -- and will sacrifice anything to keep him safe.

Don't expect splatter-gore and undead monsters right off the bat. "Ringu 2" is a slow-cooking horror movie, which takes until the final act to make your hair stand on end. Unfortunately, that's most of the movie, and the slowness of it is a distinct drawback.

Up until that final act, it's rather passionless, as if the scriptwriters were killing time with exposition. Alas, the potentially-possessed child isn't enough to scare us, and neither is the exposition-of-the-Ring-virus subplotting.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent yet over-complicated attempt at a sequel. November 6, 2006
After "Ringu" knocked my socks off a few years ago, I was very much looking forward to the sequel, but not really sure where they were going to take the story. It would have been all too easy to simply take the Sadako character after the immense impact she had to the climax of the first film, and make a horror movie where she goes on a rampage of death and destruction. As it turned out, the creators took a much more subtle approach, choosing to continue with the first films creepy atmosphere and mystery. Unfortunately, "Ringu 2" doesn't match up to the original on almost any level and I feel it massively overcomplicates the scenario.

The good news is that the film "feels" very much like the first one. Nearly all of the actors have returned and the story just continues exactly where it left off. The police are still trying to figure out what is behind the strange deaths and who the body that was found in the well belonged to. Scientists are also looking into the phenomena, which brings a different spin to it. One of the survivors from "Ringu" can be found in the psychiatric ward, petrified by TVs. Reiko (the star of the first film) and Yoichi (the little boy) are also involved, and this all makes "Ringu 2" a living, breathing part of the series. The challenge was always going to be finding a way to scare the audience a second time and this is where I feel they have failed. But not through a lack of trying!

With "Ringu", once you accepted that someone would die a week after viewing the tape, the rest of the film (apart from one of the main character's ability to read minds to move to plot forward) was intensely frightening and real.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the original, perhaps because the makers forgot...
Unfortunately, Ringu 2, like so many sequels, fails to live up to the original. Ringu is a wonderful story within story, telling of a young girl who is entombed by her own father... Read more
Published on October 20, 2010 by Channel KDK12
5.0 out of 5 stars OK vastly underrated.
I too, was a little disappointed with the SECOND sequel. I thought Nakata would have learned from Rasen's mistakes. But it pains me to see this movie averaging 2.5 stars. Read more
Published on June 19, 2010 by Steven C. Huskins
2.0 out of 5 stars No better or worse than the first one
[Ringu 2]

(Japan - 1999)

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Theatrical soundtrack: DTS Stereo

A young student (Miki Nakatani) and a TV... Read more
Published on October 10, 2009 by Libretio
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadako Wishes You WELL...
Is RINGU 2 as good as RINGU? No, but as sequels go, it outshines most of them. It's a miracle R2 was even made considering the utter revolt against RAZEN, the "official" sequel. Read more
Published on April 25, 2009 by Bindy Sue Fr°nkŘnschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars Effectively Creepy
I am in the unique position of watching Ringu 2 without having seen the first film. But I did see both English versions of "The Ring." I liked Rikiya Otaka as Yoichi. Read more
Published on March 18, 2008 by Lee Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars Strike three.
You hate to see good movies exploited into multiple sequels of varying worth, all of which tend to reflect poorly on the original. Read more
Published on April 28, 2007 by Jonathan Appleseed
2.0 out of 5 stars The final Ringu
The first "Ringu" was a superb horror film that really didn't need a sequel. Hideo Nakata, who directed both films, seems to understand that the less we see of Sadako, the ghostly... Read more
Published on April 21, 2007 by David Bonesteel
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy sequel continues the cycle
Ringu 2 was released as a result of Japanese audiences panning Rasen, the legitimate followup based on Koji Suzuki's novel. Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Daniel J. Hamlow
2.0 out of 5 stars Does it stink in here?
Reiko and her son Yoichi are back in Ringu 2, but after more of her family succumbs to the cursed tape she left with her father, they find themselves under suspicion and wanted for... Read more
Published on May 12, 2006 by Shaun
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
Man, I watched this movie 2 days ago and already I can hardly remember a damn thing about it. Anyway, 'Ringu 2' has a pretty bad reputation, and it's kinda deserved and kinda... Read more
Published on February 8, 2006 by General Zombie
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