Ringu Anthology of Terror: (Rasen / Ringu / Ringu 2 / Ringu 0)
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(Aug 23, 2005)
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The release of Ringu - Anthology of Terror is a pretty shrewd marketing move. Even though the four discs are bare bones in content (no special features at all), the set is bound to be a must-have for completists who've gone ga-ga over the Asian horror craze -- not to mention anybody else looking for a terrific entrée to the genre. In case you're unaware, Ringu was the Japanese phenomenon that spawned the Hollywood thrillers, The Ring and The Ring Two. The Japanese hit also led the way for a slew of other Japanese and Korean movies that gave global prominence to a unique style emphasizing psycho chills over blood, guts, and the overt scare tactics that have pretty much defined Western horror movies in the modern era. The four entries in the Ringu cycle are a little uneven, but legitimate DVD library mainstays for anyone with even a passing interest in classics of horror.
Ringu -- The granddaddy of Asian horror, or J-horror, was based on a bestselling novel by Koji Suzuki (as are all the movies in this set) and directed by Hideo Nakata, both of whom have become icons of the genre. Unlike the Americanized version, Ringu is perhaps more nerve wracking for the psychological tension it develops in the mystery of a cursed videotape, Sadako, the tormented girl dead for 30 years at the bottom of a well, and a little boy and his mother who must unravel the secret before the curse catches up with them. The details of life in modern Japan become all the more sinister as routine is upended by unfathomable madness.
Rasen -- This weakest entry in the set is a direct sequel to "Ringu," and tries to weave a plot thread about a virus that infects any person who watches the cursed video. Though it adheres to some of the genre standards, the thrills are few and far between. Even for a story where a high level of suspension of disbelief is required, the plot line of a doctor trying to solve a mystery that clearly has no scientific basis just feels wrong. There are also precious few innovations of style in what comes off as little more than a perfunctory exercise.
Ringu 2 -- Back in style, form, and disturbing content, this more apt sequel again finds director Hideo Nakata at the reigns (as he was for the much different take of Hollywood's The Ring Two). The story follows the young research assistant of Ryuji, one of Sadako's victims from the first film, as she becomes involved in the mystery of the tape. Ringu 2 intriguingly expands on the themes of the original film while resurrecting some of its characters and introducing new terrors. It also expands the stylistic limits of how horror movies can be all the more effective for stressing subtlety, intelligence, and uniqueness of vision.
Ringu Ø -- Perhaps the most absorbing of the four, this prequel to the Ringu saga takes place 30 years in the past. It reveals the origin of Sadako's miserable journey to becoming a hateful spirit seething with wrath, rotting at the bottom of an old well waiting to reap vengeance on those who cast their gaze in the wrong direction. Full of inventive visual flair, there are some seriously creepy moments and ingenious sequences in the story of an acting troupe whose members mysteriously vanish or go insane. Sadako may or may not be behind it all, but the bloody finale makes clear that she'll have her revenge, whether she is to blame or not. --Ted Fry
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This review considers general plot themes and summaries. Every intention is made to minimize spoilers that might compromise viewers' enjoyment.
Ringu and Rasen, the first two films in DreamWorks's DVD collection, imaginatively synthesize characters and story lines from author, Koji Suzuki's first two novels in his popular Ring trilogy. (Suzuki's third novel, Loop, has not been filmed, but production discussions are underway.)
In Ringu, after learning that their niece, Tomoko, was one of four teens who died one week after viewing a mysterious videotape, Reiko Asakawa, a Tokyo news reporter, and ex-husband, Ryuji Takayama, begin an investigation. Having viewed the videotape themselves, along with their young son, Yoichi, they realize their own fates may be imperiled. They must race against the clock and take a literal leap in faith in an effort to solve the terrifying riddle of the videotape.
In Rasen, Andou Mitsuo's forensic examination of a former medical school classmate reveals a clue that links his friend's death to the demise of the videotape's viewers. In his investigation, Andou discovers a deadly mutant virus that forces him to make a personal decision about the videotape that also may affect humanity.
Ringu 2 reunites original Ringu director, Nakata Hideo (also director of the U.S. sequel, The Ring Two) with the cast and crew of Ringu. We find Reiko, Ryuji, and Yoichi catapulted into an alternate cycle of mystery, terror, and possession, leading to different fates. An investigation into the disappearance of Reiko and Yoichi by Mai Takano, Ryuji's talented student, reveals startling new facts about the videotape and its source.
Ring 0 details decisive events that take place some 30 years before the mysterious videotape appears in Ringu. A young actress, Sadako Yamamura, joins a Tokyo-based theatre company and, after witnessing the terrifying deaths of several cohorts, becomes the centerpiece of an investigation by journalist, Miyaji Akiko, who believes the troupe's deaths are connected to the suicide of Sadako's mother, Shizuko, and the deaths of those who publicly-derided her at a scientific demonstration of her psychic abilities several years earlier. So, how does all of this connect with the mysterious videotape and its viewers' demise? That's for you to find-out!
The DVD collection cleverly combines critical elements of terror, mysticism, science fiction, and horror--just like the novels! I found DreamWorks' collection entirely enjoyable. The films certainly are not without its critics and criticisms, particularly over complex storylines, plot deviations, and unanswered questions. Perhaps what is required of viewers is a little gestalt-work to connect the pieces of the four films to find greater meaning! Notwithstanding, the films generate abundant food for thought. Clearly, Suzuki invested considerable care into crafting his novels as did the films' writers, directors, cast and crew who adapted the story into their cinematic incarnations. Video and audio transfers on the DVD set engage the viewer on standard televisions and home theater systems.
These movies has almost no CGIs and the scoring is minimal but effectively creepy and scary.
Overall i love all three films (Ringu, Ringu 2 and Ringu 0) but Rasen is totally non-sadako type. But buying the boxed set is worth it.
I live in the Philippines and buying this from amazon in a separate shipment cost me half an arm and half a leg with customs and duty taxes but i think having the collection has quench whatever horror thirst i had!
A MUST SEE AND A MUST BUY!
I am a fan of the original Ring movies and books, so I thought it would be a good idea to buy this package. I guess right! It comes with four DVDs of the Ringu Anthology. The back of the box tells you what order they should go in too, since the titles can be confusing. I have watched the first DVD and about half of the second one so far. Everything works correctly. They don't have any special features or anything (or at least none that I saw yet), but the movies themselves should be enough. I am happy with my purchase.
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