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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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!
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.
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" hold the viewer's hands as if targeted at a general American public (ouch).
(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!
Low cost horror .. the obligation of a strict psychological economy to make the mundane and cheap scary. Telephones, VHS tapes, girls with long black hair. An artifact from the horror chain email generation.
If the filmmaker put more mystery elements in its plot and have same amount as its horror elements, IMO, it would be a great horror/mystery movie. The final scene when Sadako crawled out from TV is pretty creepy...
2-3. Um, it definitely maintains suspense the whole way through. I think a chunk of it falls under the curse (no pun intended) that sometimes befalls Japanese horror in that it's more sad than scary. But there are frightening moments, and I think it's built on an intriguing central metaphor; likening the media to a sea that draws one in and grounding that in the character was an interesting idea.