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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Ring: Kanzenban (1995)

Japan’s first adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s novel was shot for TV. It didn't have the kind of money or resources to play around with that Hideo Nakata had for his subsequent version, but it does an admirable job with the story regardless.
It’s not a horror, per se, so don’t expect to be hiding behind the sofa at any time. It does, however, pack quite a lot in and is the only one of the four filmed versions to keep the protagonist male. Unfortunately, neither the supporting cast nor the music is much good. With that in mind, if you’re a fan of the Cycle then it’s an interesting addition if you can find it.

3 black frames out of 5

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