The J-Horror classic is back – and with a new restoration – as a Friday Late Night Movie at this year’s Rio Grind Film Festival!
Directed by Hideo Nakata (DARK WATER), RINGU is the highest grossing Japanese horror movie in history that still manages to shred our nerves with its quiet, phantasmic elegance. This is the only VHS fetish movie in history to inspire an entire subgenre, as well as dozens of remakes and rip-offs. Criminally absent from theaters since its original theatrical release in 1998, the time is now for RINGU to terrify the world… Again.
The story follows a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matsushima), who investigates an urban legend about a cursed VHS tape that murders the viewer seven days after they watch it. As the mystery hits closer to home, Reiko joins forces with ex-husband/current-exorcist Takashi to destroy the curse… And (hopefully) survive an encounter with a ghost named Sadako. With Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi.
“The subtle dread will keep you up at night in a cold, clammy sweat.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)
“If you don’t mind, I’m off to the corner of my office to curl into a fetal position and rock slowly.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Director Hideo Nakata manages to strike a genuinely alarming balance between the cultural depths of Japanese folklore and the surface sheen of latter-day teen culture.” (Sight and Sound)
“A landmark in horror cinema, Japan’s Ring is arguably the most chilling pieces of popular supernatural cinema of the 90s.” (Film4)
Friday, November 22
Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door
*Minors permitted in the balcony. (This film is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
RINGU (Hideo Nakato, 1998 / 96 mins / 18A / Japanese with English subs) A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.