The J-Horror classic is back – with a new 4K restoration – for a 25th Anniversary screening at the Rio Theatre on Sunday, September 24.
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.
New restoration courtesy of AGFA and Arrow Films
“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)
Sunday, September 24
Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets HERE
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.
Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
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