Today's film, Ringu, comes to us from Japan, and basically started our obsession with Japanese Horror films in the '90s. It relies on tension and mystery to carry the story. There are no jump scares, and no gore.
It starts off as an urban legend, anyone who watches a certain film will die within a week of seeing it. Reiko Awasaka is a reporter researching the deaths of the teenagers that watched this film. Her niece passed away of an apparent heart attack, which we know really came from watching the film.
Throughout the film, we follow Reiko as she uncovers the mystery of the film. She also watches the film. So, she knows the film will kill her, but she watches it anyway. She also makes a copy for her ex to watch. They learn about who created it and where they last live, so they go up there. Reiko's ex uses his straight up magic psychic powers to look into the past and see Sadako, who created the video as her curse. Also, their son watches the video because they didn't lock it up properly like they should have.
They see that Sadako's dad pushed her into a well, which they determine is close to the site where the video was found. They go there, and enter the space below to find the well. They decide to go into the well to find her body. So, yeah, it's pretty gross how she's done there when she finds the skeleton. Reiko's time is up, but she survives. As a result, they believe that they have broken the curse. But they didn't. So, her ex dies and Reiko realizes why she lived and he didn't. She had made a copy and he watched it. So, to free yourself from the curse, you have to make a copy and make someone else watch it. She has to find someone to watch a copy in order to save her son. That's where the name Ringu comes from, it has nothing to do with an actual ring, it refers to the cyclical nature of Sadako's curse.
This movie was okay, but I think I already knew too much about it anyway. So, it really didn't affect me as much. I haven't seen the American remake yet, either. I am giving this film a 7/10.