Rating: 7.5 stars
Seen 2 times
Seen on: 09/14/2020, 08/25/2001 (rewatch)
A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.
Rated NR | Length 96 minutes
Revisiting for a podcast appearance. Good excuse to finally crack open this Region B Arrow steelbook. I cannot believe that I have only logged this one time, my memorable first viewing this. I’ve seen this a few times but apparently not in the last 11 years since I started logging religiously. Guess I was overdue for a revisit anyways but it really did seem like it hasn’t been that long.
This is still a really good movie. I like it builds the mystery as it goes along with a few super creepy moments. There are sequences that drag a bit or just feel a tad awkward (the flashback stuff) which holds it down from being an 8 star but its significance and place in horror will always make this one of the best of that late nineties wave of J-Horror. It’s wild that Miki Nakatani is barely used in this film. She’s definitely more of a focus in the immediate sequel RASEN, which was shot at the same time as this movie.
There’s an extra on the Blu, The RINGU Legacy, that features three “experts” on the RINGU series. I won’t deny that as they know a lot about the history and various incarnations since the original novel was written by Koji Suzuki. So all that was nice to hear… but goddamn you’d think these experts, including Rebekah McKendry, who has a PhD in horror or something, would know how to pronounce “Sadako” correctly, especially when IT’S REPEATED OVER AND OVER IN THE MOVIES THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. omg it is so fucking annoying to hear them (the other being Andrew Kasch) pronounce it wrong and nearly nullifies everything else they are saying. Ugh just why. Oh yeah Andrew Kasch makes some stupid comment about how “RINGU” is pronounced incorrectly and it’s so gd dumb I wanted to dropkick his ass into the ocean.