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Ringu 0 (2000)

Ringu 0: Bâsudei (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 22 January 2000 (Japan)
In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director:

Norio Tsuruta

Writers:

Hiroshi Takahashi (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yukie Nakama Yukie Nakama ... Sadako Yamamura
Seiichi Tanabe ... Hiroshi Tôyama
Kumiko Asô ... Etsuko Tachihara
Takeshi Wakamatsu Takeshi Wakamatsu ... Yûsaku Shigemori
Ryûshi Mizukami Ryûshi Mizukami ... Wataru Kuno
Kaoru Okunuki Kaoru Okunuki ... Aiko Hazuki
Yasushi Kimura Yasushi Kimura ... Togashi
Mami Hashimoto Mami Hashimoto ... Joshikôsei
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Masako Masako ... Shizuko Yamamura
Norio Murata Norio Murata ... Gekidan'in
Kôji Yano ... Gekidan'in
Hinata Takamine Hinata Takamine ... Gekidan'in
Tasuku Unô Tasuku Unô ... Gekidan'in
Akira Igarashi Akira Igarashi ... Gekidan'in
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Storyline

The prequel to the horror film Ringu, this movie provides the background story of how Sadako later became the vengeful murdering spirit. The story starts with her as a shy, somewhat withdrawn, college student who nonetheless gets involved in a drama club. The director thinks she has talent, but some of the other performers start to get jealous of the attention he gives her. Meanwhile, a reporter investigating Sadako's spiritualist mother thinks there's something very suspicious about the young woman, and arrives on campus to confront Sadako just as a series of strange deaths start sweeping through the drama club. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The ring grows wider.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ringu 0 See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Black and White (some sequences)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer Takasige Ichise offered Hideo Nakata the chance to direct who passed on the offer. See more »

Goofs

In one particular shot, Etsuko goes backstage for a scene in which no other person should have been present. And yet, in this scene, one can plainly see a small hand poking out from behind one of the dresses. See more »

Quotes

Heihachirô Ikuma: Forgive me, Sadako. Please forgive me.
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Connections

References Eyes Without a Face (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

The Adagio in G Minor for Strings and Organ Continuo
Written by Tomaso Albinoni and Remo Giazotto
Courtesy of Gakken/Platz
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User Reviews

Disappointing ...
21 July 2003 | by praxis18See all my reviews

Wonderful? Great? Excellent? I read with disbelief some of the reviews here. Was I watching a different movie? Of the three Ringu movies, this one was definitely the weakest link. The problem was, I couldn't quite decide whether Ringu 0 was a horror movie, or a throwback to 1970s Asian romance movies. Specifically Taiwanese ones, where the female half of a romance usually ended up either blind, stricken with some incurable disease, or dead, and there were usually an evil parent, step-parent, in-law, or rival in the background. Ringu 0 had an incomprehensible plot, and was mostly melodrama at its worst. Where were the scares that defined Ringu and Ringu 2? A repeat of spooky scenes from the first two movies (e.g. mad mother staring into the mirror, bone-cracking walk/crawl, etc.) do not count. There were simply no original scary scenes here. Plus, what was that nonsense about Sadako splitting into two? Aieee!! What works well in Japanese horror manga (for example, the excellent "Tomei" series about a teenage girl who cannot die despite being murdered repeatedly because her body parts simply regenerate into separate identical persons) simply do not work well on screen. I wished the producers had stopped at Ringu 2. Sigh...


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