Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Matsushima Nanako, Sanada Hiroyuki, Nakatani Miki
Director: Hideo Nakata
What would you do if you heard a rumour that anyone who watches a certain videotape will get a phone call and then die with no apparent cause in a week, and then the said tape came into your possession. Would you watch it? It’s just a superstition isn’t it?
An investigative reporter doing a story on a series of unexplained deaths finds herself in just this situation, but she is an educated person, she doesn’t believe in this silly rumour. So she watches the tape, and then gets the phone call. Does she really only have a week to live? Are other worldly forces at work here?
As her young son finds the tape and watches it she realises the rumour is true. How can she save their lives, and can she break the curse?
RING is a well made and very eerie movie with some genuinely frightening moments. It is also the first of a trilogy of films and if I were to tell you why it’s called RING I would be giving too much away. If you don’t mind subtitles you should be suitably unnerved by this eerie Japanese offering.