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3.0 out of 5 stars
Better than i expected, 12 Oct 2005
I saw this movie whilst on a trip to Tokyo with friends in a cinema packed full of Japanese schoolgirls and their boyfriends. Being a fan of the classic chiller Ringu and it's sequel as wellas the Hollywood remake, this film wasn't what i expected it to be - it was something more. Don't expect this to be in the same league as Ringu because it's not. Whereas that film crept under your skin and stayed there, Ring O instead pulls at your hearstrings and is more of a tragic love story with some creepy, atmospheric and spooky moments thrown in along the way. Here, Sadako is not portrayed as the ghostly wraith we know her to be but a young woman deeply affected by the suicide of her Mother and one that is frightened of her own powers knowing that they will be her downfall. Ring 0 really excels in melancholy and drama and although it might not succeed as a horror - as a human drama it flourishes. Where Ring made you want to hide behind the sofa in terror, Ring 0 will make you grab a tissue to blow your eyes with. And on that level it works. At the end of it, the audiences were clapping in appraisal and to be honest, so was i.