Synopsis: Reiko Asakawa is researching into a 'Cursed Video' interviewing teenagers about it. When her niece Tomoko dies of 'sudden heart failure' with an unnaturally horrified expression on her face, Reiko investigates. She finds out that some of Tomoko's friends, who had been on a holiday with Tomoko the week before, had died on exactly the same night at the exact same time in the exact same way. Reiko goes to the cabin where the teens had stayed and finds an 'unlabeled' video tape. Reiko watched the tape to discover to her horror it is in fact the 'cursed videotape'. Ex-Husband Ryuji helps Reiko solve the mystery, Reiko makes him a copy for further investigation. Things become more tense when their son Yoichi watches the tape saying Tomoko had told him to. Their discovery takes them to a volcanic island where they discover that the video has a connection to a psychic who died 30 years ago, and her child Sadako...
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Director(s): Hideo Nakata
Production: Omega Productions
  6 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min



Nanako Matsushima

Miki Nakatani

Hiroyuki Sanada

Based on the novel The Ring

by Koji Suzuki

Screenplay by Hiroshi Takahashi

Directed by Hideo Nakata

Sunday, September 5

A grade-school boy took a trip to Izu with

his family, and they stayed in a cabin.

He wanted to go out and play...

but there was a TV show

he didn't want to miss.

So he recorded it on the VCR in their room.

But the channels down there

are different from Tokyo's.

No station there uses that channel,

so nothing should've been recorded.

But when he played it back at home,

a woman appeared on the screen and said:

"You will die in one week."

The kid stopped the tape,

and then the phone rang.

"You saw it."

And the kid died a week later!

What's wrong, Tomoko?

Who told you that story?

- Everybody's talking about it.

- Was it Yoko?

No, not her.


I saw a weird video the other day.


With Yoko and the others.

Is it true

that you all went on a trip somewhere?

Nothing happened!

But that night...

Iwata found this weird video,

and we all watched it.

What was it like?

It's hard to say.

As soon as it ended, the phone rang.

But nobody was there.


Everyone else had heard that story.

Today will be one week.

Come on!

You're just trying to scare me!

How did you know?

I can't believe it!

You're so easy to fool.

But did you really spend the night there

with Iwata?

- So what happened?

- I'm not telling!

- Confess!

- It's a secret.

It was true, wasn't it?




Hold on a sec.


It's you, Mom!

A friend came over.


Got it.

All right, all right.

Extra innings. They'll be late.

My parents shouldn't have scared me

like that!

Look who's talking.

I'm going to tell everyone tomorrow.

I'm going to the bathroom.

Don't go upstairs without me.


On the mound, Takasu, the third player...

Everyone's talking

about this deadly video...


- Have you heard what's on it?

- Yes.

- Don't look at the camera.

- Sorry.

One more time.

Have you heard what the video is like?

I heard that suddenly

there's this scary woman...

who says, "You will die in one week."

They say she appears

when you watch late-night shows on TV.

And then the phone rings.

Late-night shows on TV? What channel?

I heard it was on a local channel

down in Izu.

- Izu?

- Yeah.

And is there really anyone

who died a week later?

No one that we know.



A high school student I know told me...

a girl who watched it died in a car

on a date with her boyfriend.

- An accident?

- No. They were found dead in a parked car.

He watched the video, too.

It was in the paper a few days ago.

Do you know which high school

she went to?

No. My friend heard it

from a friend of hers.

- Ms. Asakawa.

- Yes?

- Here.

- Thanks.

About ten years ago...

a star killed herself,

and people saw her ghost on TV.

Yeah, but this time everyone mentions

the Izu Peninsula for some reason.

Well, maybe that's where this one started.

Where did the story start

about the woman with torn lips?

I think it was Gifu.

There was a big traffic accident there

and that's how it started.

A big accident?

These stories get started

when people die horrible deaths.

- Did something happen in Izu then?

- I don't know. Well, I have to go.

- Good night.

- Good night.

Young Couple Found Dead in Car

A 19-year-old Tokyo boy

and a 17-year-old Yokohama girl...

were found dead in a car

on the morning of Sept. 6

Take care of it, okay?

I thought you were leaving early today.

- Okazaki, will you do something for me?

- Sure.

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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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