Ringu (1998)

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Ringu (1998)
Genre: Horror
Suspense
Thriller
Fantasy
Myster
Photography: Jun'ichirō Hayashi
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: January 31, 1998
Directed by: Hideo Nakata
Written by: Hiroshi Takahashi
Distributed by: Toho
Starring: Nanako Matsushima
Hiroyuki Sanada
Rikiya Ōtaka
Yoichi Numata
Previous film: N/A
Next film: Ringu 2 (1999)

Ringu is a 1998 Japanese suspense, thriller, fantasy, horror, mystery film.  It was directed by Hideo Nakata, written by Hiroshi Takahashi, musically composed by Kenji Kawai, filmed by Jun'ichirō Hayashi, edited by Nobuyuki Takahashi, produced by Shinya Kawai, Takenormi Sento, and Ringu/Rasen Production Committee, and distributed by Toho.  It starred Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Otaka, and Yoichi Numata.  

Why It Rocks

  1. Lots of suspense and tension.  
  2. A dark atmosphere, both literally and figuratively, which helps to enhance the suspense and tension.  
  3. Excellent acting by all of the major actors.  
  4. One of the creepiest moviest to ever come out of Japan.  Sadoko Yamamura will haunt your nightmares.  
  5. Great writing.  The story includes intriguing themes about people's fears of modern technology which are implimented in an interesting way.  
  6. The film cleverly combines it's modern themes with superntural overtones.  
  7. The concept of a monster coming out of a tv has not only been parodied tones of times, but has also become a popular motif in low-key horror for years to come. 

Reception

Ringu currently holds a 97% critic rating and a 81% audience rating on Rotton Tomatos, cirtified fresh for both.  On IMDB, it as a general score of 7.3/10.  On Letterboxd it has a general rating of 3.5/5.  

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