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Perhaps the biggest difference between Ringu and The Ring is the contents of the mysterious videotape. In Ringu, the cursed tape is much shorter and far less symbolic, although its grainy appearance and comparative simplicity add a greater dash of realism to it. The tape presented in The Ring is much more frightening and visceral; subtlety rules the day in the Japanese film. Another significant difference concerns the character of the reporter's ex-husband; in Ringu, he (as well as his son, to some degree) possesses a gift that distinguishes him from his American counterpart.Read more ›
Reiko, a journalist, is greeted by a death in the family one day. Her teenage niece died mysteriously one day, leaving no trace as to why. She soon discovers that three other of her niece's close friends died on the same day as her. Upon further investigation, she finds that the four teenagers had something in common: they had all seen a cryptic video tape. The trail leads her to the tape itself and, out of curiosity, watches it. The urban legend is proven to be a lot more real than she ever expected and soon, Reiko is on a race against time to decipher the mysteries of the tape.
'Ringu' (viewed at home) achieves a sense of fear throughout the movie in the way it 'connects' with the viewer. How obvious can it get? Though not a tape, you're watching the DVD on a TV. This paranoia adds to the scares constantly.
With sparse use of any real 'special effects,' the film is able to ground its otherworldly story to reality, something few modern horror films are able to do.
The acting is great and the dialogue, or at least the translated script for the subtitles, never got repetitive. The actress for Reiko does a good job as the tense heroine, while the male lead actor (sorry, his name escapes me) contrasts very well with her as her often cool and relaxed ex-husband.
The music chills to the bone, particularly the main theme (plays on the DVD main menu), which is just a creepy concoction of strummed guitar strings. I sat there, letting the whole menu run its course as the ambience it gave off made my blood run ice cold.Read more ›
Reiko enlists the aid of her ex-husband and psychic Ryuji to help her unravel this mystery. Together they analyze the video in hopes of discerning its maker and lifting the curse. Their task becomes more imperative when their son, Yoichi, comes across the video and watches it himself. Will Reiko and Ryuji be able to find a way to lift the curse in time to save themselves and their son?
After having watched "The Ring" and been thoroughly scared by that movie, I simply had to watch the movie that "started it all," so to speak ("The Ring" and its upcoming sequel and prequel). Several people had told me that they felt this film was scarier than its American counter-part, while others felt the opposite. I don't exactly feel as though one is scarier than another. Rather, they are merely different kinds of "scary." This version is far subtler in its scare-tactics than is the American version.Read more ›
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Disappointed. Was hoping for an English subbed version. This one is subbed in Italian rendering it unwatchable.Published 3 months ago by Chuck Arrington Jr.
This movie is seriously awesome and not a lot of people I talk to actually give it credit. Like "The Ring" is a classic or something like that and I tell them "No,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Had seen the US version several times, and wanted to see the original. Definitely worth seeing, very creepy and scary -- didn't think it was significantly more scary than the US... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donald F. Donahue
Terrifying! The build up was really creepy and atmospheric and the climax didn't let any of us down. Amazing!Published 15 months ago by juan lacher
It is a little awkward watching the original film in a franchise after you've seen the big American version. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dana Wheaton
I prefer the American remake "The Ring" but that's just me. This one was extremely slow moving and was very disorganized - not very scary. Buy the remake instead. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by D. Boisjolie
This is the Italian Blu-ray of Ringu (which was famously remade as 'The Ring' in the US). There is no US release of this Japanese film (however the remake is available on a US... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by MacheteJason
The movie has subtitles and starts off slow but the ending is awesome. Highly recommended.
Another great scariest movie ever is the Japanese movie called AUDITION.
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