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Ringu

Year: 1998
Production Co: Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co Ltd
Director: Hideo Nakata
As was the case with Vanilla Sky/Open Your Eyes, I saw this film after the American remake, so wasn't as terribly surprised nor horrified as I would have been otherwise.

The template for the scary little girl's ghost movies that have made Japanese horror the place to be, and deservedly so. The idea of the videotape of scary imagery that you watch before receiving a phone call informing you you have a week to live is now part of popular culture, and transcends the movie.

A young reporter gets wind of the urban myth, and after a family member dies tragically, she discovers the myth is quite real. Following the trail of the mystery between a remote cabin resort and a windswept island, her creepy nephew and former lover are all dragged into the fray until the final terrifying frames in his apartment.

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