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Ring 2 [1998] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyoko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata, Kenjirô Ishimaru
  • Directors: Hideo Nakata
  • Writers: Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki
  • Producers: Makoto Ishihara, Masato Hara, Takashige Ichise
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LW4G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,886 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this sequel to the original Japanese horror hit, journalist Mai Takano (Miki Nakatani) begins her own investigation into the mysterious haunted videotape which kills all those who see it. Along the way she discovers that Youichi, the son of tape victim Ryiji, has begun to develop many of the same supernatural powers that Sadako had when she was still alive. Now Mai must do her best to protect both herself and Youichi from the evil undead Sadako as the tape's curse continues to exert its terrifying power.

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The Ring 2 sequel further complicates the urban myth of the original tale, adding a chilling back-story concerning the origins of Sadako, the long-haired, bug-eyed living dead girl who chills her victims like a video nasty. Shell-shocked by the sudden death of her boyfriend, Koichi, Mai Takano takes it upon herself to investigate the sinister videotape that purportedly kills those who watch it after exactly one week. But the police also want to question Takano concerning her proximity to another death, that of Koichi's former father-in-law, and the disappearance of his ex-wife, Reiko, the journalist who began investigating the video tape curse. Plagued by premonitions and visions, hounded by the police, Takano stumbles upon Yoichi, Reiko's son, who after viewing the videotape has acquired strange supernatural powers. Although now mute, Takano seems able to communicate with him and wins the frightened boy's confidence in order to involve him in scientific experiments carried out by Dr Ikuma, the aims of which are to break the curse of Sadako once and for all. Director Nakata stays true to the tone of his original, tightening the plot like a piano wire around the audience, and priming them for the inevitable next episode in the series. --Chris Campion

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Hedgewitch King on 3 Mar. 2002
Format: DVD
After watching the first Ring movie, I unplugged my television and made sure it stayed that way as I crawled half asleep, half spooked out of my brain into my bed. When I rented this one, I wasn't so much spooked, but creeped by the weirdness the series takes on.
Much a direct sequel to the original, the survivors of the first movie take more of a step back, making room for new characters. As the Scream series suggested, the deaths are more elaborate and there are more of them. Don't let this spoil the movie, the flow of things more or less follows that of the first, unravelling a more complex plot that the first movie barely begins to look at. We delve into Sadako's life, afterlife and the effects the phantom video tape has on it's viewers. This is not for the weaker among us, you may be able to watch anything Hollywood churns out, but this is a whole new kettle of fish.
Just remember to unplug the TV and VCR before going to bed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 12 Aug. 2001
Format: DVD
Hollywood could learn a few tricks from this refreshing series of films. Not needing to rely on gore or shock tactics, the Ring films create an intense psychological drama which draws you into it's biazrre world. Watching the sequel without prior viewing of the original would probably leave you confused, as it's just not a retelling of the same story with different characters like a lot of horror series' are. It follows on almost directly from the first one and is just as engrossing. Let's hope for a UK issue of Ring 0: The Birthday!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Ring was one of the most original and disturbing films I had seen in a long while. It was stylish and effective without resorting to the flashy, over-the-top tricks of the Hollywood blockbuster. Ring 2 carries on the torch admirably, although it can't quite compete with its progenitor. Continuing the story of the restless and vengeful spirit of Sadako, Ring 2 ups the ante by taking a few unexpected twists and turns. We get interesting new angles on the dominant themes of urban myth and the effect of televisual entertainment which inject the film with some fresh energy. There are several fantastically chilling scenes and overall the film is much more than just a retread of the original. Where it almost falls down is the plot itself, which at times is too stretched and convoluted. The climax is also a little over-cooked. It comes perilously close to spoiling the restrained approach so successfully used by its predecessor. But ultimately, the film is a reasonable success, managing to perpetuate the striking myth of Sadako in all its simplistic and terrifying glory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 23 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
What can one make of this film? It is a sequel of a classic, which typically is a recipee for disaster in Hollywood, but then of course this is not Hollywood (something that made the original so wonderful). However by continuing in the vein of the creepy, underlying terror of the now classic Ringu it loses its way all too often, yet still manages to be terrifying.
With Ringu being one of my all time favourite films and one of the greatest movie experiences of my life this film became a must-watch. Many of the original characters reappear, albeit in greatly different roles. Asakawa is on the run from the curse and Yoichi seems to poscess many of the grotesque powers of the unfortunate Sadako. Through mental hospitals and bizarre experiments a young women attempts to unravel the myth behind Ringu. If the description comes across as vague it is only because the film does as well. While the original simply took the blending of the mythological and psychological with the technical and tangible for granted, Ringu 2 tries to explore that and ultimately loses its way. The experiemt with swimming pool is frightening in its intensity although lacking in direction, and the final shot is strange and hard to explain. I am not quite sure I understand the film and it certainly deserves a second look.
Where the film succeeds is in scaring the living daylights out of you. As with its predecessor it does not do this with psychopaths hiding in the closet and cgi galore but by leaving you unnerved. I watched the film alone (the only way to watch the trilogy) and as with the first was left clutching my head and moaning, feeling like someone had planted something horrible in my head that I could not understand.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Sept. 2002
Format: DVD
I got this after having watched the first Ring and really liking it. At the end of the first movie, there was still a lot of questions left unanswered (which was a good thing) so I guess there was enough mystery in the story to satisfy a sequel. There were a couple of weak parts to the movie (without giving away any thing let me just say: the whole scientific experiment with the water and the well climbing) but overall it was still quite creepy though not as much as the first movie. You might feel that the creepy bits were all re-uses of scenes in the first movie but it's still better than all the american "horror" movies out there. It's reasonably consistent with the first movie and doesn't particularly try to explain everything so you shouldn't be worried that it will spoil it all.
Summary: not as good as Ring 1 but well worth watching.
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