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:: Ring 2

Viewers of independent cinema, and perhaps Ring (1), will want more of the story they’ve heard about in this Japanese success. The next instalment of the psychological thriller by Hideo Nakata journeys further within the realms of the new media inspired cursed video outlined in the first movie. In Ring 2 the death of Reiko, her father and ex-husband Ryuji has left Yuuichi an orphan with a developing evil spirit. As television colleagues attempt to finish the cursed video story, they research the death of the Reiko, intersecting with the investigations of Mai who follows the death of boyfriend Ryuji.

The scare death does not leave the terrified Munch Scream faces that were a trademark of Ring. The story concentrates on the images of the cursed video. A copy of the video is still available for viewing and killing. The images of the video also transmit to an asylum, to be seen only by patients.
Mai and Yuuichi step inside the video story as they make sense of Sadaka’s pain.

Sadaka’s evil revenge is given reasoning as her autopsy reveals that she had been stuck in a well for thirty years, believably, before her death just a few years before. This would have given her time to implant the eerie surreal images onto a blank video in the cabin built over the well. While this may be a prequel story, the information of how the video was initially made is not contained. The plausibility of the cursed video, and evil transmissions are not questioned, and the occurrence of the events contained within the text is accepted.

This time around, Yuuichi inherits the evil gift. As an orphan and lonely child Yuiichi, like Sadako a victim of child abuse, has anger toward others. His wrath extends to those who damage his safety. With no remaining relative he is looked after by Mai.

The working mother is put back in her box as she is described as an expendable reporter, not given many stories due to her status as a single mother. The new Ring offers no new role models. While Ring had left open the possibility of an engaging new horror the sequel does little to solidify the charm. Using simple film techniques the production unravels, but film students will love it.
Look out for edit loops, mental patient costuming, and a scientific explanation of the curse video.

Screening at the Lumiere Cinema