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1,586 Ratings

Ring

Ringu

Directed by Hideo Nakata
Japan, 1998
Horror, Thriller

Synopsis

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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Ring Directed by Hideo Nakata

Critics reviews

Nakata’s skillful ways of building slow-burn tension and intrigue—with Yoshiya Obara’s sound design and the screechy strings of Kenji Kawai’s score especially contributing to its creepy atmosphere—are certainly easy to applaud. But as with the best horror films, there is also a trove of subtext to unpack.
June 01, 2016
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Ringu has so many singularly arresting scare scenes that of course Hollywood had to come along and steal them wholesale… The success of [the American remake] only proves the sturdiness of the original conceit and the primal pull of its imagery. Its most famous image, of a medusa-like wraith, long black hair obscuring her face as she crawls, then shambles, toward the camera, has become iconic, a figure that stands in for an entire subgenre of cinema.
October 28, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Palmat's rating of the film Ring

    I really enjoyed this movie when it came out since it was so different in tone and pacing to all other horror films at the time. History has not been kind to this classic and today I find it meandering and very haphazard in the way the plot progresses. The film has a sense of creeping dread but the direction is too bland to keep the momentum going. Still it is a good watch but lacks in almost every department.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Ring

    The flat and static lead heroine is never given more than a single dimension, with nearly the whole movie consisting of her just investigating. While it 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.

  • Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film Ring

    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!

  • NUGA's rating of the film Ring

    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).

  • DenoResandono's rating of the film Ring

    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...

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Ring

    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.

  • s1gh6's rating of the film Ring

    Deep psychological movie. Author got the feel of entire fear of technology in fast developing country, where people still deeply believe in power of nature and tradition. Intelligent film.

  • lauli's rating of the film Ring

    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.

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