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Rasen (1998)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1998 Wide



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This sequel to Ringu (1998) begins with Takayama's body being examined by his friend, pathologist Dr. Andou. After he finds a cryptic note in Takayama's stomach, Andou does some investigating and soon learns of a mysterious videotape, haunted by the spirit of a murdered woman. The rumors are that anyone who watches the video will die exactly one week later. Despondent over the death of his own child, and believing that he is being guided by his friend's ghost, Andou decides to see the video for


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Aug 23, 2005

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the creepy mystery of Ringu is all but gone in this clinical sequel

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Audience Reviews for Rasen

This is the official sequel to "Ringu" as it was based on the actual novel, but it's nowhere near as good or as scary as "Ringu 2". It picks up right up after the end of the first one and takes the story into a different direction which was quite interesting, especially the ending. It just wasn't creepy enough though and "Sadako" isn't the terrifying force she once was in Hideo Nakata's films. It was nice to have an alternate sequel released but it doesn't deliver the thrills and chills that it should.
May 21, 2011
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A sort of original sequel to Ringu, it unfortunately did not impress too much. The film is certainly much more faithful to the book, but this in turn destroys the paranormal elements. Instead of a horror we have a medical science fiction thriller. Too much exposition and explanation destroys the fear of the original. As it turned out Ringu 2 was no bed of roses either and this is a rather fascinating film even if it only excels in failure. Fans of the books or the ever increasing Ring saga should not miss this.
June 27, 2008

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I didn't mind the scientific explanations for the cursed videotape, but what didn't work for me was how this movie tries to scare you with extreme gore. Ringu proved that what isn't shown is much scarier than what is. This is a step back for the Ring saga.
April 19, 2008

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