Monday, January 10, 2011

Movie Mondays

Ring/The Ring

Book, 2002 by Koji Suzuki

One night in Tokyo, four healthy teenagers die one after another of heart failure. A journalist, the uncle of one of the victims and intrigued by the coincidence, investigates and learns of a videotape that the four watched together a week before dying. Amid a series of bizarre and frightening images is a warning that the viewer will die in exactly one week unless a certain act is performed. The description of the act, of course, has been erased from the videotape, and the journalist's work to solve the mystery assumes a deadly urgency.

Ring is not only a chillingly told horror story but also a shrewdly intelligent and subversive commentary on the power of imagery and contagious consumerism. Ring spawned one of Japan's highest-grossing films ever as well as the blockbuster DreamWorks remake starring Naomi Watts. The Japanese version of the novel has sold almost 3 million copies.

Movie, 2002 directed by Gore Verbinski

Features: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman

Tagline: Before you die, you see the ring.

Awards: It won the Golden Trailer Award for Best Horror/Thriller and Most Original.

Have you read the (translated) book or seen the movie?

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