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RING aka RINGU
UK: ICA Projects
Cast: Matsushima Nanako, Sanada Hiroyuki, Nakatani Miki, Sato Hitomi
Director: Hideo Nakata
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
UK: 95 mins
UK Certificate: 15 for horror theme (18 for DVD & video only)
UK Release Date: 1 November 2008 (Limited Re-release - London)
UK Release Date: 18 August 2000 (Limited Release - London)
Within a week of watching a mysterious videotape, a group of teenagers are all dead. The bodies are found gruesomely contorted, their eyes frozen as if they had seen something more terrifying than any physical threat.
The video becomes an urban myth. Insidiously, an unseen force is pointing its deadly finger at those poor souls unable to resist their curiosity. One of those people is the cynical journalist Reiko, who soon finds herself unwillingly drawn into a spiralling nightmare of fear from an unseen, omnipresent threat.
The most unsettling film since THE EXORCIST, with an unnatural presence that touches every nerve in your body, RING is a beast of an entirely different order. Critically acclaimed as one of the most frightening horror films in years, RING delivers a tense, spine-chilling atmosphere, filled with an overwhelming sense of dread and a potent presence of unworldly evil.
Dark and sinister and genuinely horrifying, this is a film you will never forget.
RING is the first of a trilogy of films.
There is a Distributor's Warning on the UK DVD sleeve quote: "Tartan Video Ltd will not take any responsibility for any injuries or fatalities that may occur during or after the viewing of this videocassette."