A masterclass in minimalist horror, Hideo Nakata’s Ringu retains its chilling power over two decades on. After watching a mysterious video tape, a group of teens are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted. Reiko (Nanako Matushima), the aunt of one of the victims and a journalist by trade, sets out to investigate this shocking tragedy. The further she delves into the urban legend of this supposed cursed tape, the creepier and more nightmarish things become. A psychological horror classic of genuinely terrifying proportions, Ringu leaves a lasting mark on all who cross its path.
Why You Should See This Film
The original, and the best! Often featuring on lists of the best horror films of all time by the likes of Time Out and Empire, Ringu launched a new wave of interest in Japanese horror upon its release, and spawned many sequels, spin-offs and a big-budget Hollywood remake. Melding Japanese folklore with themes of modern technological malaise, and featuring impeccable production design, Ringu is more than just a cult phenomenon.
- Year: 1998
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Hideo Nakata
- Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi
- Duration: 96 minutes
- Language: Japanese with English Subtitles