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Ringu

Ringu

1998 • Japan • Directed by Hideo Nakata

In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-haired girl called Sadako. The film’s success spawned a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none could quite boast the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology.

A group of teenage friends are found dead, their bodies grotesquely contorted, their faces twisted in terror. Reiko (Nanako Matsushima, When Marnie Was There), a journalist and the aunt of one of the victims, sets out to investigate the shocking phenomenon, and in the process uncovers a creepy urban legend about a supposedly cursed videotape, the contents of which causes anyone who views it to die within a week – unless they can persuade someone else to watch it, and, in so doing, pass on the curse…

Arrow is proud to present Ringu, the film that started it all, restored from the original negative in glorious 4K and supplemented by a wealth of bonus materials.

Ringu
  • Ringu

    1998 • Japan • Directed by Hideo Nakata

    In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-ha...

Extras

  • Ringu (Audio-commentary by film historian David Kalat)

    1998 • Japan • Directed by Hideo Nakata

    In 1998, director Hideo Nakata (Dark Water) unleashed a chilling tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences, which redefined the horror genre, launched the J-horror boom in the West and introduced a generation of moviegoers to a creepy, dark-ha...

  • Spooks, Sighs and Videotape

    A video essay by critic Jasper Sharp on the J-horror phenomenon.

  • The Ring Legacy

    A series of new interviews from critics and filmmakers on their memories of the Ring series and its enduring legacy.

  • A Vicious Circle

    A new video interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger on the career of Hideo Nakata.

  • Circumnavigating Ring

    A new video essay by author and critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on the evolution of the Ring series.

  • DO NOT WATCH

    Sadako's Video. Rare footage of Sadako's tapes.