Ring script
Ring (1998)
Synopsis: Ring is a 1998 Japanese psychological horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws on the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki.

Caption-- �September 5th. Sunday.�

INT. OUISHI HOUSEHOLD � TOMOKO�S ROOM - NIGHT

CLOSEUP on a TELEVISION SET. There�s a baseball game on, but the sound

is turned completely down. Camera PANS to show two cute high school

girls, MASAMI and TOMOKO. Masami is seated on the floor at a low coffee

table, TEXTBOOK in front of her. Tomoko is at her desk. There are SNACKS

all over the room, and it�s obvious there hasn�t been much studying going

on. Masami is currently in mid-story, speaking excitedly.

MASAMI:

They say that some elementary school

kid spent the night with his parents

at a bed and breakfast in Izu. The kid

wanted to go out and play with everybody,

right, but he didn�t want to miss the

program he always used to watch back in

Tokyo, so he records it on the VCR in

their room. But of course the stations

in Izu are different from the ones in

Tokyo. In Izu, it was just an empty

channel, so he should�ve recorded

nothing but static. But when the kid

gets back to his house and watches the

tape, all of a sudden this woman comes

on the screen and says--

Masami points so suddenly and dramatically at her friend that Tomoko

actually jumps in her seat.

MASAMI (cont�d)

�One week from now, you will die.�

Short silence as Masami pauses, relishing the moment.

MASAMI (cont�d)

Of course the kid�s completely

freaked, and he stops the video.

Just then the phone rings, and when he

picks it up a voice says--

Her voice drops voice almost to a whisper.

MASAMI (cont�d)

�You watched it, didn�t you?� That

same time, exactly one week later...

he�s dead!

Masami laughs loudly, thoroughly enjoying her own performance.

Tomoko, however, is completely silent. She begins looking more

and more distressed, until finally Masami notices.

MASAMI:

What is it, Tomoko?

Tomoko comes out of her chair and drops onto the floor next to her

friend. Her words are quick, earnest.

TOMOKO:

Who did you hear that story from?

MASAMI:

Who? It�s just a rumor. Everybody

knows it.

TOMOKO:

Youko told you?

MASAMI:

No, it wasn�t Youko...

Tomoko looks away, worried. Masami slaps her on the knee,

laughing.

MASAMI:

What�s up with you?

Tomoko speaks slowly, still looking away.

TOMOKO:

The other day, I... I watched this

strange video.

MASAMI:

Where?

TOMOKO:

With Youko and them.

MASAMI:

(excited)

So that�s what I�ve been hearing

about you doing some double-date/

sleepover thing! So, you and that

guy Iwata, huh?

TOMOKO:

No, it�s not like that. Nothing

happened!

Their eyes meet and Tomoko half-blushes, looks away again. Her

expression becomes serious as she resumes her conversation.

TOMOKO:

Iwata... he found this weird video.

Everyone was like, �What�s that?� so

he put it on and we all watched it.

MASAMI:

(quietly)

And? What kind of video was it?

TOMOKO:

Just... weird, I can�t really explain

it. Anyway, right after we finished

watching it, the phone rang. Whoever

it was didn�t say anything, but still...

Silence. Masami curls up on herself, thoroughly spooked.

MASAMI:

Jesus.

TOMOKO:

It's cuz, you know, we'd all heard the

rumors.

Tomoko looks seriously over at her friend.

TOMOKO (cont'd)

That was one week ago today.

There is a long, heavy silence as neither of them says anything.

MASAMI:

Waaait a minute. Are you faking me

out?

Tomoko�s face suddenly breaks into a smile.

TOMOKO:

Busted, huh?

They both crack up laughing.

MASAMI:

Oh, my... I can�t believe you!

Masami reaches out, slaps her friend on the knee.

MASAMI (cont�d)

You�re terrible!

TOMOKO:

Gotcha!

MASAMI:

(thinking)

But hang on... you really stayed

the night with Youko and Iwata,

right?

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Hiroshi Takahashi

Hiroshi Takahashi is a writer and director, known for The Ring Two (2005), Ringu (1998) and Ringu 2 (1999). more…

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