Ringu (Ring)
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In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, the telephone will ring right afterward, and one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs -- but a week later, Imako dies. Imako's aunt, a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matsushima), hears that not long before she died, Imako was watching a strange video with her friends -- all of whom have turned up dead. Reiko tracks down a copy of the video, and as she watches its… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ringu has a minimalist intensity that can stop the heart with a simple flash-cut or a well-timed fillip in the musical score."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Classically shot, with effective use of stereo sound effects, the movie is almost entirely free of visual horror and the usual Eastern ghost cliches, managing to suspend auds' disbelief in the hokey story through pure atmosphere."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Director Hideo Nakata manages to strike a genuinely alarming balance between the cultural depths of Japanese folklore and the surface sheen of latter-day teen culture."
‑ Mark Kermode, Sight and Sound
"Ring has indescribably disturbing moments that frightened me out of my wits. But like many of the Japanese horrors that followed, it sometimes has an elliptic and confusing storytelling style that can make plot-progression muddy."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Director Hideo Nakata's film is a minor masterpiece -- a low-budget horror gem."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"As good as The Ring is, it can't top the original for sheer, shivering terror."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Eschewing blood for a sinuous tone of Videodromic dread, Ring forces fear into every cut as a psychic telejournalist counts down the hours till a fatal visitation, while making a gung ho attempt to save her brood."
‑ Edward Crouse, Village Voice
"While the story is engrossing, and the acting top-notch, Hideo Nakata's direction is the primary reason to watch."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The original retains its power to chill, although in the age of the DVD and the download, the idea of a haunted video cassette seems positively archaic."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A landmark in horror cinema, Japan's Ring is arguably the most chilling pieces of popular supernatural cinema of the 90s."
‑ , Film4
"The finale, too, still feels as twisted, bizarre and down-right nightmarish as it did all those years ago."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"A sure, stealthy shocker which certainly primes you for the sequel."
‑ , Total Film
"David Cronenberg could perhaps compete with Nakata but unfortunately only lesser mortals have attempted to replicate the feeling that Reiko has plunged into something with which even her psychic powers can't compete."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Subtly expressive faces and spooky interiors are the order of the day in this original, powerful treat."
‑ Michael Thomson, BBC.com
"Bog standard horror offering with a distinct lack of action or plot."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
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