Japan 2021



Hideo Nakata’s original genre-redefining tale of the cursed VHS tape.

Image from Ring

Japan 1998
Dir Hideo Nakata
With Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Hiroyuki Sanada
English subtitles
Certificate 15

After a group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies mysteriously and grotesquely contorted, an urban legend begins to circulate about a haunted videotape that kills its viewers within a week. Hideo Nakata’s film, which resurrected traditional Japanese folklore frights for the Y2K era, captured the imagination of Hollywood and spawned a wave of remakes and sequels. None, however, come close to this masterclass of simmering dread.

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