After the death of her cousin Tomoko, reporter Reiko hears stories of a videotape that kills everyone who sees it exactly one week after viewing. At first she ignores the rumors, but as the bodies pile up, she begins to investigate…
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The flat and static lead heroine is never given more than a single dimension, with nearly the whole movie consisting of her just investigating, and Ring isn't urgent enough in horror to be gripping. This lack of a character/dramatic arc makes it akin to a journalistic procedural, rather than anything else. Nakata's dread-laced atmosphere and climax is effective enough despite the thinness, but it's a miss as a whole.
Memorable because it grounds its horror in human tragedy and not demons and monsters, and furthermore because it bides its time before the final shock. A disturbing and iconic film because it effectively utilises the modern technology we know has pretty sinister ramifications.
Typical JHorror plot of technology run amok and curses that strike beyond the grave. But while the plot may lack originality; the smart, moody, and stylish direction and moments of genuine fright keep the suspense going and the heart pounding. I'm lucky not to have seen the American remake so this was all the more exciting. Pulp filmmaking at its finest!
Even though it's based on a book, the movie creates its own personality, focusing more on a straight-on horror movie instead of the more satirical view the source partakes, and is succeeds within the horror genre primarily because of the great directing and cinematography. That being said, "Ringu" holds the viewer's hands as if targeted at a general American public (ouch).
Asian horror movies rock. This is much more subtle, less obvious and therefore richer than its American counterpart. They don't need to creep you out showing horrifying things. The mere suggestion is a lot scarier.
(ReVuKekparsurleweb) Si le film n'est sans doute pas aussi flippant au revisionnage, force est tout de même de constater d'indéniables qualités: de bons acteurs principaux; un récit bien structuré, autour d'une enquête, ce qui maintient l'intérêt tout du long; surtout, sa construction en crescendo, avec un climax qui m'avait tout simplement collé à mon siège de cinéma il y a de cela fort longtemps. Un incontournable!