1998, Hideko Nakata, Japan, 96 min.
With Nanako Matsushima, Rie Ino’o
- Fri, Jan 24th 4:00pm
- Tue, Jan 28th 6:00pm
“Time has been very kind to Hideo Nakata’s sublime, quietly terrifying 1997 techno-horror.”—David Jenkins, Time Out London
“This is an extraordinary film, not least because it is Japanese and yet feels universal. When blood runs cold, the heart can stop. Take a friend. Or take care.”—Angus Wolfe Murray, Eye for Film
The most legendary product of the Y2K-era J-Horror movement, RINGU harks back to the suggestively subtle Val Lewton tradition while extending the genre’s clammy reach to realm of electronic media. The monster here is a grainy b&w bootleg videotape that, according to urban legend, brings agonizing death within a week to those unlucky enough to view it. That curse falls on a TV reporter who is investigating the unexplained death of her niece, and she now has seven days to unravel the mystery of the contaminated tape and the soggy specter in its depths. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)