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January 31, 1998

Ring (リング Ringu) is a 1998 Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata, based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki. The film stars Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani and Hiroyuki Sanada, and follows a reporter who is racing to investigate the mystery behind a cursed videotape that kills the viewer seven days after watching it. It is titled The Ring (stylized as the Ring) in English in Japan and released as Ringu in North America.

Production took approximately nine months. Ring and its sequel Spiral were released in Japan at the same time. After its release, Ring was a huge box office success in Japan and was acclaimed by critics. It inspired numerous follow-ups in the Ring franchise, popularized J-horror internationally, and triggered a trend of Western remakes, of which the 2002 American film The Ring has been the only critically successful one.


A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Also See

  • Ring (1995)
  • Spiral (1998)
  • Ring: The Final Chapter
  • Ring 2 (1999)
  • The Ring Virus (1999)
  • Ring 0: Birthday (2000)
  • The Ring: Terror's Realm
  • Ring: Infinity
  • The Ring (2002)
  • Rings (2005)
  • The Ring Two (2005)
  • Sadako 3D (2012)
  • Sadako 3D 2 (2013)
  • Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)
  • Rings (2017)
  • Sadako (2019)

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