REVIEW: SADAKO 2 3D

CAST

Miori Takimoto (Teppan)
Koji Seto (Kamen Rider Kiva)
Itsumi Osawa (Gakudori)
Yusuke Yamamoto (Paradise Kiss)
Satomi Ishihara (Attack of Titan)

Sadako004Takanori Andō (Kōji Seto) is waiting while Akane Ayukawa is giving birth to their daughter. A woman dressed in white sitting in a garden reads Seiji Kashiwada’s letters and mutters that the girl is born. Another woman is accessing her laptop in her room when her husband calls her; she is suddenly possessed by a force from her laptop who forces her to commit suicide by stabbing her eye with a knife. Five years after the events of the previous film, Takanori and Akane’s daughter, Nagi (Kokoro Hirasawa) is cared for by Takanori’s younger sister, Fuko (Miori Takimoto); Takanori himself is now working at Asakawa General Hospital since Akane’s death by childbirth, distancing himself from Fuko and Nagi as he blames Nagi for Akane’s death.Sadako006Fuko is certain that something is wrong with Nagi, as she distances herself from her friends, likes to draw strange imagery, and is always present near people who committed suicide. She consults with her psychiatrist, Dr. Fumika Kamimura (Itsumi Osawa), but she only states that Fuko’s anxiety comes from the fact that she has not moved from her mother’s suicide years ago, whose death she could not prevent. While playing at a park, one of Nagi’s friends, Yuna, teases her about Akane’s death. Moments later, she is found dead in the nearby river. Fuko becomes even more anxious as more deaths start to occur, from Nagi’s babysitter to a train full of people, which Nagi had foreshadowed in her drawings she drew during her psychological test with Dr. Kamimura. She also says that Dr. Kamimura, as well as everyone else, will die._hd__sadako_3d_2__2013__japanese_horror_movies_by_hell_site-d7esujhDetective Mitsugi Kakiuchi (Takeshi Onishi) is assigned to investigate the case. He questions Detective Yugo Koiso (Ryosei Tayama), who is disabled following his own investigations of a similar case five years before. Koiso tells Kakiuchi that the suicides are linked to Sadako Yamamura, who almost possessed Akane as her vessel so she might be reborn in the world. Seconds later, a force pushes Koiso’s wheelchair through a set of stairs to his death. Kakiuchi finds the security camera recording before the train accident and spots Nagi looking at the camera. He tries to question Takanori about Nagi and Akane, but he refuses to disclose anything other than Akane’s death. As he hurries up ahead, he accidentally drops his trash bags, revealing bundles of black hair. While Fuko is cleaning Takanori’s room, she finds a locked up wardrobe that contains a photo of Takanori, Akane, and baby Nagi, as well as several letters for Takanori from Seiji Kashiwada asking Nagi’s well-being.Sadako3d2_05Fuko visits Kashiwada (Yusuke Yamamoto), the latter awaiting his execution for his murder of young women five years before. Describing himself as Nagi’s “fan”, Kashiwada reveals that Nagi is not Akane’s child, but Sadako’s, and that the only way to stop Nagi is for Fuko to kill herself or to kill Nagi. On the way home, Fuko receives a call from Dr. Kamimura asking her to meet her, but finds that she has been possessed, and while escaping from her attack, Fuko relives her experiences of seeing her mother’s suicide and becomes cursed. At home, Fuko experiences nightmares of Nagi and Takanori attacking her. She contemplates killing Nagi by throwing her into the sea, but decides not to. She meets Takanori and, after urging him to help Nagi, he shows Fuko that Akane (Satomi Ishihara) is still alive, albeit in a comatose state. He tells Fuko that since Sadako attempted to be reborn through Akane in the first film, Akane has allowed herself to be possessed by Sadako so she can fight her from the inside. Eventually, Akane became pregnant and delivered Nagi, but she can never reunite with her mother again lest Sadako be reborn. Takanori also reveals that Nagi is not responsible for the deaths.238309-520e5ca4ce422The next day, Fuko discovers Nagi is missing, while Takanori finds her roaming in the Asakawa Hospital. He is attacked and brutally beaten by Kakiuchi, who wants to kill Nagi and Akane to stop the curse, revealing that his wife (the woman killed in the beginning) had died from the curse and he himself is also cursed. Nagi escapes and reunites with Fuko, who allows Nagi to reunite with her mother. However, Akane is shot before she could reach Nagi by Kakiuchi, who promptly commits suicide. As the whole room is flooded by blood pouring from Sadako’s well, Nagi is taken by Sadako, but Fuko manages to save her. Several days later, Fuko and Nagi have a picnic at a meadow, while the woman in white, still sitting in the garden, reads Kashiwada’s last letter before his execution. The film ends with the camera recording that Kakiuchi watches, which reveals that Sadako’s child is not NagiuKnJ11Q1k9YC8P2l7AtxrIXl4GqBoth the first and this  are brilliant. I love to stories, acting and execution but most of all I truly enjoyed the photography on these movies. An excellent follow-up.

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REVIEW: SADAKO 3D

CAST

Satomi Ishihara (Shin Godzilla)
Koji Seto (Kamen Rider Kiva)
Yusuke Yamamoto (Paradise Kiss)
Ai Hashimoto (A Beautiful Star)

A mysterious, white-clad man drops a long-haired woman into a well. The well is full of women, all with long hair, all dressed in night-dresses. Thirteen years after the original film, two suicides prompt Detective Koiso and his partner to investigate a string of mysterious deaths. The deaths involve video played on devices; just before the deaths, a voice says, “You’re not the one.” While Koiso is unconvinced, his partner deduces that the deaths are the result of a cursed video that online artist Seiji Kashiwada created.Akane Ayukawa, teacher of a schoolgirl who died, discovers the schoolgirl’s best friend Risa had been looking into the cursed video. The video had been deleted, but the Error 404 message in its wake prompts the video to play when the viewer is alone. In it, Kashiwada allows himself to be killed by a long-haired woman. When the video ends, Risa is attacked; Akane arrives just in time to save her. The ghost tells Akane that she is “the one”. Akane screams, and the computer is destroyed. Meanwhile, Koiso and his partner scout Kashiwada’s apartment, noting the furniture and decorative wallpaper, which look like a set. The landlady notes that everything is superficial.Akane is a telekinetic who displayed her power years ago when a maniac attacked her high school. Though she saved the school, she was branded a freak. Takanori Andō, son of Mitsuo Andō from the previous film, and a boy who appreciates her abilities, grows up to be her boyfriend. She soon realizes the video is targeted at her when, at their home, the video plays and the woman appears. Multiple screens show the woman attacking. Takanori and Akane run to a street, where they believe themselves safe, but a large LCD display truck shows a giant version of the ghost, who snatches Takanori away.Until his partner commits suicide in front of him, Detective Koiso continues to doubt the existence of the film, even when it is revealed that the original broadcast of the online video killed its initial viewers and employees of the site where it was uploaded. Koiso makes his way to Kashiwada’s apartment, eager to find answers. He discovers the wallpaper is a horde of white butterflies hiding notes and history. Kashiwada had been attempting to resurrect Sadako Yamamura, as revenge against the human populace for persecuting him. He initially kidnapped long-haired women and threw them down the well, alive. However, when it was revealed that a body could not be found that way, he orchestrated the “cursed video” so that the video would find the perfect host for her.Sadako006Koiso finds Akane, whom he’d interrogated previously, and the two of them journey to the old Yamamura household. It no longer has the inn, and a “new” decrepit mall was beside the well. However, upon approach to the well, a freakish-looking Sadako facsimile appears and attacks Koiso, biting his neck. The women that had been thrown into the well had become imperfect versions of Sadako. They attack Akane, but with stealth and resistance, Akane prevails against the imperfect Sadakos. When she arrives at the center of the derelict building, she discovers Takanori had been trapped in a mobile phone at the center of the room. A legion of imperfect Sadakos arrive, but her fear triggers her telekinetic powers, which decimates them. Akane is transported to the roof where the “real” Sadako has been waiting. Sadako says they are exactly the same, which Akane denies; Sadako uses her powers to destroy, while she helps people. Seeing Takanori with a knife to his throat, Akane trades herself for his life. Sadako agrees and goes into her. Akane is overlain with an impossible amount of the ghost’s hair and is buried inside it.Sadako004Takanori, now free from Sadako’s thrall, destroys the phone. The roof gives and Akane drops to the floor below covered in Sadako’s hair. However, she escapes alive. Just outside the building beside the well, Kashiwada’s landlord moves away and her words, “Isn’t it all artificial?” echo. In the post-credits scene, the intro to Kashiwada’s video plays again. However, his introduction changes. “Here we go again.”Sadako-Featured-1050x591Personally I really liked this movie . I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed ringu and ringu 2 . First of all the acting was really good , especially the lead female Ishihara Satomi but also the rest of the characters . A Worthy Follow up to Ringu 2.

REVIEW: SADAKO VS KAYAKO

CAST

Mizuki Yamamoto (The Kirishima Thing)
Tina Tamashiro (Chasuke’s Journey)
Satsukawa Aimi (Gaki Rock)
Misato Tanaka  (Ishikawa Goemon)
Masahiro Kômoto (Memories of Matsuko)
Masanobu Andô (Warriors of The Rainbow)
Runa Endo (Kagekiha Opera)
Elly Nanami (Kamen Rider Drive)
Rintaro Shibamoto (Galileo)

A social worker visits the residence of an elderly woman, only to find her strangled by an electric cord. The nearby video player suddenly plays the footage of the infamous cursed videotape. As the social worker watches, Sadako Yamamura manifests behind her. The social worker is also ultimately found dead after her throat is slit by a knife.The video player is later sold at a shop and eventually bought by university students Yuri Kurahashi and Natsumi Ueno, who want to use it to burn a copy of Natsumi’s parents’ wedding tape onto a DVD. When they find the cursed videotape inside the player, a curious Yuri plays it. Yuri is then distracted by her phone, so she ends up not watching the footage – only a horrified Natsumi does. Meanwhile, a part-time worker in the shop where the two students bought the video player informs the owners of the shop that she had watched the cursed videotape. The part-timer worker walks upstairs and suddenly falls off the upper level to her death. The girls return to the shop where they bought the video player, only to learn about the recent deaths related to the cursed videotape.Desperate, the girls go to Morishige, their professor and an author on urban legends. Morishige is obsessed with the idea of meeting Sadako – when Yuri gives him the tape, he becomes ecstatic and immediately watches it, although the girls are less than thrilled, as Natsumi only has one day to live. Morishige takes the girls to an exorcist in the hopes that she can save Natsumi. However, Sadako possesses Natsumi and forces Morishige, the exorcist and her two assistants to kill themselves for interfering. In her dying breath, the exorcist tells the girls that a man with psychic powers, Keizo Tokiwa, is on his way to help them.When a despondent Natsumi blames Yuri for her condition, Yuri watches the tape, hoping that this will pass the curse on to her and Natsumi will be spared. However, Keizo arrives, accompanied by a blind psychic girl, Tamao, who tells Yuri that she has just unnecessarily cursed herself. The only way to permanently expunge it is to pit Sadako against another vengeful spirit so both obliterate each other. As Yuri hears that Natsumi has uploaded the cursed tape onto the Internet, Natsumi tries to commit suicide to escape her imminent death. Whilst Yuri rushes to save Natsumi, Sadako appears before Natsumi and kills her via hanging. Keizo and Tamao target Kayako Saeki to be the rival spirit.Meanwhile, high school student Suzuka Takagi starts having dreams of the haunted Saeki house after moving in nearby with her family. She later runs into Keizo and Tamao, who states that the house beckons to Suzuka. Keizo warns her not to enter or she will be killed. After Suzuka leaves, a group of bullies arrive and force a schoolboy to enter the Saeki house. However, Kayako and Toshio violently drag all of them to their demise, including the schoolboy. That night, Suzuka thinks she sees someone inside the Saeki house, and goes inside herself. She sees Toshio and her screams prompt her parents to rush in, but Kayako and Toshio kill them both. Keizo saves Suzuka, although she is already cursed. Yuri and Suzuka team up for Keizo’s plan: Together, they enter the Saeki house, so that Suzuka can watch the cursed videotape inside and Yuri can see Kayako, thus becoming afflicted with both curses. Keizo hopes this will make Sadako and Kayako fight over the girls. Toshio gets trapped in the television, Sadako and Kayako appear and engage in a violent confrontation between each other, though neither entity seems to gain any advantage. Keizo yells for the girls to flee, the plan having failed.Keizo reveals his last resort: one of the girls has to lure both ghosts into the well so they can be sealed inside. Yuri chooses to sacrifice herself, jumping into the well as Sadako and Kayako rush toward her, colliding into a contorting mass of flesh and hair. Keizo is instantly bisected as a result of the collision whilst the mass enters the well and possesses Yuri. Suzuka seals the well and seemingly imprisons the mass for good. This last resort does not work either: Yuri, who has Sadako’s appearance, crawls out, emitting Kayako’s death rattle; both Sadako and Kayako’s curses have combined, and become a single entity – Sayako. Sayako approaches a screaming Suzuka while Toshio appears behind Tamao. Their fates are left unknown.In a post-credits scene, Sayako is shown in the videotape footage, now croaking and body contorting as she moves toward the screen.It’s a weird experience and while it’s not really necessary to have seen all the other movies that came before this, a little bit of knowledge will help you enjoy this a bit more. It does seem a bit muddled and you may lose track of certain things, what with this combining “myths” and all. But just the fact they did this is great. It’s really a fun movie overall.

REVIEW: RINGS

CAST

Matilda Lutz (Sumemrtime)
Alex Roe (The 5th Wave)
Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)
Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil)
Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights)
Bonnie Morgan (The Devil Inside)
Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries)
Laura Wiggins (The Tomorrow People)

On an airplane bound for Seattle, passengers Carter and Kelly, discover that both has watched Samara Morgan’s cursed videotape and they realize that their seven day deadline is over. The airplane malfunctions as they attempt to flee from Samara, who eventually causes the plane to crash. Two years later, college professor Gabriel buys an old VCR once owned by one of the passengers, discovering the videotape inside. Elsewhere, Julia sees her boyfriend Holt off to college, but becomes concerned when he falls out of contact. She is inspired to find him when a panicked girl, Skye, contacts her asking for Holt’s whereabouts. Julia meets Gabriel, following him to a private area of the college where a group of people known as “The Sevens”, are involved in an experiment involving the cursed video, watching and filming themselves, before passing the task to another person, called a “tail”.

Julia recognizes Skye, who takes her to her apartment to have her watch the video, but Holt contacts Julia, warning her not to. Julia locks herself in the bathroom as Skye is murdered by Samara. Holt arrives shortly after. Unwilling to let Holt die, Julia watches the video, experiencing a vision of a door, and a mark is burnt on her hand. Turning to Gabriel for help, he notices Julia’s copy of the video is larger than usual. She watches it, discovering new footage hinting at the fate of Samara’s body. Gabriel sends them to the town Sacrament Valley, where she was cremated. He later realizes the mark on Julia’s hand is Braille, translates it, and goes to warn them.

Arriving in town, Julia and Holt travel to a church, exploring the graveyard for Samara’s stone. They find an unmarked tomb, but when they break in, they find it is empty. Julia and Holt are caught but are taken to a blind man named Burke, who claims Samara’s body was entombed by the local priest but a flood came shortly after, leading the town to bury her out in a field. He also notes Julia’s mark. Heading out of town, Julia and Holt are stopped due to a car crash and learn Gabriel was involved. He tries to warn Julia of his discovery but is fatally electrocuted by a falling utility pole. After experiencing a vision of Samara’s mother Evelyn, Julia and Holt return to town.

While Holt makes inquiries about Evelyn’s fate, Julia goes to the church following her visions. She discovers a hidden chamber beneath the bell tower and finds evidence that Evelyn was imprisoned there whilst pregnant, held in captivity by the priest for over nine months after being raped before she and her newborn daughter were found. Julia visits Burke and explains her findings. He suddenly attacks her, revealing he was not only the priest but Samara’s biological father, blinding himself to escape the reach of his daughter’s powers. Julia pushes him down the stairs and is drawn to his bedroom, discovering Samara’s skeleton hidden behind a wall. Burke tries to choke her to death, but a swarm of cicadas fly in, summoning Samara through Julia’s phone. Samara then removes Burke’s blindness so she can kill him. Holt arrives, having discovered the truth, and together, he and Julia cremate Samara’s corpse.

Shortly after, Julia and Holt return home. While Julia is in the shower, Holt notices a voicemail from Gabriel, who warns him of the Braille. Holt translates it, discovering it means “rebirth”. Julia coughs up a string of hair, from which a fly is born. She gazes into a mirror and sees Samara as her reflection. Julia’s copy of the video is suddenly sent to everyone on her contact list and soon goes viral online.Rings was good. It had the potential to be great. I really, really wanted it to be great. But considering the many busts of long awaited sequels in recent years, and the trash of the horror genre that pumps out one good film every ten produced, I would say “Rings” is at least worth seeing.

REVIEW: THE RING TWO

CAST

Naomi Watts (Insurgent)
David Dorfman (The Singing Detective)
Sissy Spacek (Carrie)
Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds)
Gary Cole (Crusade)
Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3)
Emily VanCamp (Captain America: Civil War)
Kelly Overton (True Blood)
Daveigh Chase (S.Darko)
Kelly Stables (Two and a Half Men)
Michael Chieffo (Roswell)

In the coastal town of Astoria, Oregon approximately six months after the events of the first movie, and continuance from Rings, Vanessa is seen encouraging Emily by nodding vigorously when she is making her decision to go to Jake, so she may have known about the rings beforehand. Jake asks Emily to come over to his house, under the guise of studying together; however, his motives are actually centered on having her watch Samara Morgan’s cursed video tape, as his seven-day deadline is fast approaching. Emily plays the tape while Jake waits in the kitchen, but when he returns to the living room, it is revealed that she covered her eyes throughout the tape, and thus didn’t see any of it. As she failed to perpetuate the guidelines of the tape’s curse, Samara crawls out of the television and kills Jake in front of Emily.
Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) and her son Aidan (David Dorfman) have moved from Seattle to Astoria. Rachel begins a new job at the Daily Astorian, a local newspaper, working for Max Rourke (Simon Baker). Before long, there is news of the teenager’s death in town. Rachel investigates, finding the dead boy’s face shows a twisted expression of horror just like the previous victims of Samara Morgan’s tape. Upon finding the boy’s corpse, she also has a vision of Samara grabbing her and declaring “I found you.” She goes to the police station and persuades the girl who witnessed the boy’s death to tell her where the tape is. She takes the tape deep into the woods and burns it.
Aidan has a dream in which he comes down to the T.V. room without Rachel home, and is pulled into the screen by Samara when the videotape starts. Back at home, Aidan starts to develop hypothermia, and his body is suddenly covered with bruises. At a county fair, Aidan takes pictures of himself in the bathroom mirror, with a blurred Samara standing behind him. His behavior grows increasingly odd and distant, and while Rachel and Aidan drive home from the fair, a deer attacks their car, nearly killing them. This event was apparently mysteriously foreseen by Aidan, who warned Rachel of impending danger seconds before the deer came out of nowhere. Strange occurrences within their house (including visions of Samara, a burn mark in the wall which resembles the tree from the cursed video, and seeming poltergeist activity) frighten Rachel, leading her and Aidan to flee. Rachel subsequently asks Max if he can take care of the increasingly sick Aidan at his house.
Max says that Aidan’s condition merits a trip to the hospital, but Rachel, knowing that his illness is unnatural, is adamant that traditional doctors cannot help him. When Rachel attempts to give Aidan (who suddenly develops a mysterious fear of water) a warm bath at Max’s, a series of paranormal events leads to Rachel seeing Aidan’s body replaced by Samara. Max walks in when she attempts to drown Samara, and sees her trying to drown Aidan instead. Suspicious, he insists on taking Aidan to the hospital against her wishes, stating, “You wanted my help, now you’re getting it.”
Based on the bruises on Aidan’s body, the hospital staff, particularly psychiatrist Dr. Emma Temple (Elizabeth Perkins), suspect child abuse on Rachel’s part, because Rachel reveals she suffered from postpartum depression, and won’t allow her to be near her son. Desperate for answers, Rachel flees the hospital and returns to the Morgan Ranch (which is now being sold) to dig deeper into Samara’s past. Knowing that Samara was not Richard and Anna Morgan’s biological child, she tracks down Samara’s birth mother, Evelyn (Sissy Spacek), who tried to drown Samara as an infant and has been living in a mental institution ever since. Meanwhile, Samara (in Aidan’s body) inflicts a psychic assault on Dr. Temple, forcing Dr. Temple to commit suicide so that Samara (in Aidan’s body) can escape the hospital.
Evelyn advises Rachel to “listen to your baby” when she seeks advice on how to deal with Samara. Max goes to Rachel’s house to check on her, only to find Aidan watching TV alone. He attempts to surreptitiously capture Aidan on film in order to reveal Samara, as Aidan had before Samara possessed him. Aidan/Samara notices the camera. When Rachel returns home, she finds Max’s truck parked outside and his dead body inside with the same twisted face of Samara’s other victims. Disturbed and unsure of what to do, Rachel goes inside to face her possessed son. Rachel falls asleep and dreams of Aidan telling her how to release Samara from his body. After waking, Rachel tells Aidan/Samara that he should go to sleep. Aidan responds that he never sleeps. She crushes sleeping pills in a sandwich, and after eating, Aidan falls asleep.

Rachel fills the upstairs bathtub with water and holds an unconscious Aidan underwater. Aidan suddenly wakes up, telling Rachel that he is still Aidan. Rachel then drowns Aidan and Samara’s spirit leaves his body, and Rachel is then able to revive him. However, Samara attempts to come back into the house through the TV set. Rachel grabs onto Samara as she is emerging, and is pulled into Samara’s well inside the world of the cursed video. Looking up, Rachel realizes that the well lid is always left open. Rachel begins climbing the side of the well. Halfway up, Samara emerges from the water below and also ascends in a very inhuman fashion. Rachel climbs out of the well just as Samara cries ‘”Mommy!”‘ in an inhuman voice. Rachel responds angrily that she’s not her mother and pushes the lid shut, trapping Samara in the well.
As Rachel wanders the monochromatic world of the cursed tape, she hears Aidan’s voice and walks toward it, only to come to the cliff where Anna Morgan jumped to her death. She hears Aidan calling her name below. Determined to follow Aidan’s voice, Rachel jumps off the cliff and ends up back in her living room with Aidan, where they embrace. Aidan calls Rachel ‘”Mommy”‘, and she asks him to just call her Rachel. The film ends when the camera pans out of the house, views the sky, where a crescent moon can still be seen in the distance. The shot shows the street, and the scene cuts to black with the sounds of flickering heard, and the credits roll.This film isn’t quite as good as the first movie but it is still a great sequel nontheless. Plenty of scary moments and Naomi Watts and David Dorfman are one again perfect in the lead roles. A decent followup.

 

 

 

REVIEW: THE RING

CAST

Naomi watts (Insurgent)
Martin Henderson (Everest)
Brian Cox (Rise of The Planet of The Apes)
David Dorfman (The Singing Detective)
Jane Alexander (Terminator Salvation)
Lindsay Frost (Collateral Damage)
Amber Tamblyn (Two and a Half Men)
Daveigh Chase (S.Darko)
Adam Brody (Mr. & Mrs. Smith)
Alan Blumenfeld (Heroes)
Pauley Parrette (Almost Famous)
Sara Rue (Mom)

Teenagers Katie Embry and Becca Kotler discuss the urban legend of a cursed videotape that kills the viewer seven days after watching it. Katie admits she watched the tape with her boyfriend and two others at a campsite a week ago. Suddenly, the telephone rings and both of the teenagers are initially startled, but the caller turns out to be Katie’s mother. After speaking with her mother, Katie begins to notice eerie noises coming from upstairs, where her friend had supposedly gone. After witnessing other paranormal phenomena, Katie hesitantly yells to Becca from the bottom of the stairs, as the sounds become intensely unsettling. Reaching the top of the stairs, Katie notices water leaking from her bedroom and as soon as she opens the door, she sees an image of a well on her TV screen, which frightens her to death. Becca is later institutionalised after witnessing Katie’s death.

At Katie’s funeral, her aunt Rachel Keller, a Seattle journalist, is asked by her mother to investigate the cause of Katie’s death. Her mother tells her that she found Katie’s distorted body inside the closet and that none of the doctors she consulted could explain her sudden death. Rachel’s son Aidan also tells her that Katie predicted her own death about a week ago. Rachel learns Katie’s three friends also died on the same date and time. Travelling to Shelter Mountain Inn, Rachel discovers the videotape and watches its haunting imagery in the cabin Katie stayed in. The cabin’s telephone rings and on the line, a girl’s voice tells Rachel she has “seven days”.

Rachel turns to Noah Clay, her ex-boyfriend and Aidan’s father, for help. Noah, a video analyst, is skeptical of the curse but watches the tape, asking Rachel to copy it for further examination. Rachel discovers hidden footage of a lighthouse on the tape. Research reveals the identity of a woman on the tape as Anna Morgan, a deceased horse breeder from Moesko Island, who committed suicide after her beloved horses all drowned from a mysterious ailment. Rachel and Noah both experience supernatural phenomena, and Rachel catches Aidan watching the tape. Leaving Aidan in the care of her sister, Rachel travels by ferry to Moesko Island while Noah tries to obtain Anna’s medical files during her time in therapy. However, a horse aboard the ferry is spooked by Rachel’s presence and falls off the ferry. Passengers then see blood in the water, indicating that the horse was killed by the propellers.

Arriving on the island, Rachel visits the Morgan Ranch but is quickly dismissed by Anna’s husband Richard when she starts asking questions about their adopted daughter Samara. Rachel meets the island GP, Dr. Grasnik, who explains Anna was unable to have children, leading to the adoption of Samara. However, Samara possessed unusual psychic abilities that drove her parents close to insanity. Rachel sneaks into the Morgans’ house and discovers a recorded medical interview with Samara, who implies she drove the horses to death after being locked in the barn by her father. Rachel confronts Richard, but he commits suicide in a bathtub. Noah arrives and they break into the barn, find Samara’s bedroom in the loft, and discover a picture of a tree burnt into the wall – the tree seen at Shelter Mountain.  Rachel and Noah go to the cabin and discover a stone well beneath the floor; the well is also present on the tape. Rachel is knocked down the well and experiences a flashback, revealing Anna pushed Samara down the well and sealed her in before committing suicide herself. Rachel finds Samara’s corpse at the bottom of the well, which is removed by the authorities and later given a proper burial.  The next day, Rachel returns home with Aidan but he warns her that she should not have helped Samara out of the well, as the curse is still in effect. In his apartment, Noah witnesses his television turn itself on. As he watches, Samara crawls out of the onscreen well and then crawls right out of the television, which frightens him to death.

In enraged grief, Rachel burns the original tape but realises she was spared by the curse because she had made a copy, while Noah did not. In an effort to save Aidan, who watched the tape, Rachel aids him in making a copy. Aidan asks her what will they do when they show it to someone else, but Rachel does not reply.

I saw the original Japanese “Ringu” movie after this one and although I liked it, to my considerable surprise I found that American remake is a real improvement over the original. And that is one more reason to praise “The Ring” as an exceptionnally good film.

REVIEW: RING 0: BIRTHDAY (aka RINGU 0: BIRTHDAY)

CAST

Yukie Nakama (Oh! Oku)
Seiichi Tanabe (April Story)
Kumiko Aso (Pulse)
Masako (Figaro Stories)
Mahito Ōba (H2)
Atsuko Takahata (Yamato)
Yoshiko Tanaka (Black Rain)

46031_originalThirty years before the events of Ring, Akiko Miyaji, a reporter whose fiancé and fellow reporter was killed during Shizuko Yamamura’s publicized ESP demonstration years before, interviews Sudo, an elementary school principal and a former teacher of Shizuko’s daughter, Sadako, attempting to gain information and evidence that Sadako inherited her mother’s nensha powers. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old Sadako joins an acting troupe as an understudy as a therapy to her nightmares suggested by her doctor. Sadako has natural beauty and charisma for the play, infuriating her senior, Aiko Hazuki, whose relationship with the troupe director, Yusaku Shigemori, sours due to the latter’s newfound favor for the young trainee. Aiko is later found murdered by a figure in white, thus Sadako takes her place for the upcoming play as the lead character. Sadako attracts and reciprocates the attention of the troupe sound director, Hiroshi Toyama, much to the disappointment of costume designer and Toyama’s girlfriend, Etsuko Tachihara. While praised by Shigemori and Toyama, other troupe members grow to distrust and fear Sadako, as they suspect that she is the one who caused Aiko’s death and other supernatural occurrences, including strange dreams pertaining to a well and an apparition of a girl in white with long hair very similar to Sadako.ringu-2-ending-sadako-climbing-out-of-well-japanese-horror-reviewMeanwhile, Akiko is told by Sudo that though initially pleasant, Shizuko descended to madness before her suicide ever since her moving to live with Dr. Heihachiro Ikuma, and that Sudo heard strange childlike noises in the attic. Etsuko, wanting to discover Sadako’s origins, contacts Sadako’s psychiatrist, but he refuses to answer and throws away Sadako’s résumé; the résumé is taken by Akiko’s assistant, allowing him and Akiko to locate Sadako in the troupe. When they start to photograph her, she telekinetically breaks the camera; the two later discover that all photographs contain ghostly faces and a girl with long hair, confirming Akiko’s suspicion of the existence of “two” Sadakos. Shigemori, having been obsessed with Sadako, says that he knows of her dark past and tells that he will kill her if she tries to kill him so they could be together. However, Toyama interrupts the process and Shigemori is killed through a cut that also wounds Toyama. However, Sadako manages to heal him just by touching him and later is able to make a disabled man regain his ability to walk. The two confess their love for each other and promise to leave the troupe and live together after finishing their last play.izombie-looking-for-mrgoodbrain-2-photo012-1498579227644_1280wThe play is a disaster as Sadako, influenced by recordings of her mother’s demonstration played by Etsuko, sees visions of her mother and other reporters during the demonstration and kills her psychiatrist. The troupe members, except Toyama, beat her to death, though is informed by Akiko that their job is not yet done. They visit Ikuma who tells them that Sadako, once a single individual, split into two beings resembling each of her parents; the malevolent one who resembled her unknown father is kept from growing by Ikuma in the attic. Before they can kill it, both Sadakos merge with each other and escape with Toyama. In her merged form, Sadako kills all the troupe members, including Toyama. Akiko and Etsuko manage to flee and hide in Ikuma’s house but Sadako corners them and forces Akiko to shoot Etsuko before forcing her to shoot herself.Ringu2-002Sadako eventually recovers and tearfully mourns her own her actions. However, Ikuma, albeit reluctantly, drugs and chases her to a nearby well, where he apologizes to her before throwing her down the well. Sadako briefly has a dream of meeting with Toyama again before cutting down to the present. She looks up and screams as the well stone is slid to its place, trapping her inside.ringu-2-ending-sadako-climbing-out-of-well-review-japanese-horror-600x300The social overtones of this film are also outstanding and a fine addition to the series. Whereas the first two films are more exercises in combining psychological terror with techno-horror, Ring 0 takes a more Romero-esque approach to the social aspect of Sadako’s transformation, meditating on the cruelty of her peers and the burning need for revenge of one journalist that brings the whole tragedy crashing down. Incidentally, although it takes some time, this film will scare the hell out of you at the end.