Talk:Ring (film)

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Iranian vs. Japanese[edit]

There is an Iranian movie called "The Rings" (Zanghu) which may have been influential on the Ring movie and novel it was based on. This movie is mentioned in the Wikipedia database as The Rings. It was directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Of course, this film is about a telephone call that causes mysterious death. A very loose connection but it may hold water. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:40, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Korean Vs Japanese[edit]

Re: the revert of my edit, removing the "Korean Cinema" category. Yes, there is a Korean re-make of Ringu, but it has a different title, the ring virus. I think my edit should stand, and if necessary, there should be a separate page for the remake. As it stands, this page is primarily about the original film, Ringu, which is Japanese. If we are including remakes, why shouldn't it also be in the "American cinema" category as well, since there was a US remake? I'm removing the category again, please comment here if you think it should be re-instated, with some reasoning. -- Generica 03:55, Sep 10, 2004 (UTC)

I agree with your reasoning. — David Remahl 03:59, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

the picture[edit]

That picture really freaked me out, as I hopped onto this page expecting to find plot information. I've blocked the picture in my browser, but is it possible to find a less disturbing picture? --Euniana 05:15, 30 Mar 2005 (UTC)

You find it disturbing? I really don't know. It does nothing to me, and as you can see, it's the DVD cover. Something you'd see normally on a rental place. I don't know about the others, but I have no problems with it.--Kaonashi 05:44, 31 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I too think it's somewhat frightening at first. Can we simply replace that picture with a picture of the U.S. DVD cover? Or even better, a picture of the film's theatrical poster, as that seems to be the convention for most Wikipedia articles about movies. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:38, 10 September 2007 (UTC)
There's no problem with the DVD cover. Posters are preferred, according to the style guidelines, but one DVD cover is as good as another. Geoff B 02:15, 10 September 2007 (UTC)


Should this not be moved to "Ring (movie)" or something? I mean, look at The Seven Samurai and Spirited Away (not "Shichinin no Samurai" and "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi"). Normally, I'd be the first to advocate calling a Japanese film by it's Japanese name, but Wikipedia convention seems to be to use the English title if it is mainly known by that in English-speaking countries (which this most certainly is). Anyone agree? elvenscout742 17:24, 11 July 2005 (UTC)

From my experience, this film is more commonly referred to by English-speaking people as Ringu rather than Ring, to differentiate it from the American The Ring. I may be wrong, of course. Also, this film is recorded as Ringu at the Internet Movie Database. Danikolt (Talk) 11:56, 13 July 2005 (UTC)
In my mind, this is an error due to not understanding how katakana loanwords work, combined with lazy disambig. with the US remake. The title is not a mispelling of 'Ring' for creative effect, or an invented term, but just the way to write the English word 'ring' in Japanese script. I'll move for now, if people object wildly here we can have a vote or something. --zippedmartin 07:27, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
I think it is more commonly Ringu in English, and I don't think how katanaka works is relevant to that. I object wildly. - Nat Krause 08:38, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
What on earth do you mean more commonly? The image on the page shows that's er... just not true. Even the misguided IMDB says that the release title in US and UK is 'Ring'. I raised the katakana to try an show that 'Ringu' is not the 'japanese title', the title of the film is リング, which is Ring and could be transcribed as Ringu. If fandom prefers Ringu, then that's worth mentioning, but I don't see that as valid reason to pick the page title. Oh and a side point, I'm slightly at a loss as to what to do with Category:Ringu cycle, obviously a move to Ring cycle would be deeply silly. --zippedmartin 08:58, 21 July 2005 (UTC)
Hmmmm, you could be right. People I know in the U.S. always say Ringu and I had gotten used to that, but it looks like Ring is also quite common. IMDB, as you say, uses Ringu, but they do, as you say, tend to go overboard on approximating foreign language titles. On the other hand, Amazon is normally pretty standard, and they use Ringu, selling a copy of the DVD which appears to spell the title that way (UK and U.S.. So, I'm not sure, but either way is probably okay. As for Ringu cycle, I figure you might as well keep it where it is. Amazon uses the term "Ring series", but cycle might be more accurate, since all the various media versions don't constitute one series—it could be especially confusing because some of the Japanese versions were television series. - Nat Krause 13:00, 21 July 2005 (UTC) - P.S.: Unless I'm mistaken, the Korean Ring is almost always known as Ring Virus in English.
I concur with zippedmartin, the term "Ringu" is just a necessary mis-spelling to be able to write it at all in Japanese. I own a copy of the "trilogy", a copy of the Ring and Spiral books in english, and a small collection of the Manga, none of them say "Ringu", because the title is, was, and was always intended to be "Ring". If it were a japanese word, maybe that would make it different, but since Suzuki himself has stated it's based on something he plucked from an English-Japanese dictionary, I think it should remain in English. Also, "Ring (movie)" is more appropriate, since technically the original "Ring" was the novel. (Darien Shields 00:31, 25 July 2005 (UTC))

Okay, before we head to far right on the page, I thought I'd try and summarise all the uses of 'Ring' and 'Ringu' we've got so far. If I've missed anything, please insert it. --zippedmartin 22:09, 21 July 2005 (UTC)


  • Convienience. It's easier to append a 'u' than disambiguate with ring, the Ring cycle, the Lord of the Rings, The Ring (remake) and anything else people might mistake the word 'ring' for on its own.
  • IMDB (Extern link #2) uses 'Ringu'.
My assumption here is that their database is still using ISO 8859-1 rather than Unicode, evidenced by the fact they don't include titles in their original language, and have circumflexes rather than macrons for long vowels. The best they can do is include a transcription, wikipedia is not restricted this way. Finally, if I were to mention the film Metropolis people might be unsure which I meant, if I said Metoroporisu people would just thing I was mad.
Also, IMDb uses the original title of all films (check the two examples above) upon the first naming in their native language. Wikipeedia uses whatever the film is primarily known as in English.elvenscout742 12:30, 23 July 2005 (UTC)
  • A Region 1 DVD [1] released March 4 2003 (after the US remake had been made) is titled 'Ringu' (The Original Movie That Inspired The Ring).
Was there an earlier release in the US? I presume there must have been, but see no evidence for it on amazon.
  • The Hepburn transcription of リング is 'Ringu'.
So? Wikipedia does not call the Spirited Away "Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi". If I had my way, it would, but consensus is against it.elvenscout742 12:30, 23 July 2005 (UTC)
Well, there's been a recent push to have things under their original names, see Talk:Fucking Åmål#Move from Fucking Åmål to Show Me Love for instance. My main issue here is that this is *not* an analogous situation to that, the original name is リング, and in many ways a Hepburn transcription of that is less correct that the (reverse) translation. Though I'd like a native japanese speaker to comment on this, I'd say that in pronuciation of リング you'd tend to tone down the trailing /u/ anyway, and is definitely not the [uː] that I read when I say 'Ringu'. So, while stuff might be being changed to 'correct original names' all over wikip atm, I feel this is a case that definately doesn't apply. If however 'Ringu' (an 'incorrect and subsequent name') is the more commonly used, then that *would* be a valid reason. --zippedmartin 13:16, 30 July 2005 (UTC)


  • リング is just how you write 'ring' in Japanese - for instance the US remake is written ザ・リング (za ringu) in Japan.
  • The film was originally released in both the US and UK as 'Ring' (according to IMDB).
I can't actually find any info of US releases prior to the 2003 'Ringu' one.
  • All UK versions of the series [2] [3] [4] are titled 'Ring'.
The US 'Ringu' version is available [5] on import.
  • the ringworld (Extern link #1) Uses 'Ring' in title and all text.
Does say '(aka Ringu)' on the main page.
Refers to the film on the main page as 'Ringu (Ring in English)', and in the 'Ring / Ringu' section as 'Ring (known in Japan as Ringu)'. (The film is of course known as リング in Japan, not Ringu).

My personal thoughts? Page titles should reflect what most users of en.wikipedia use. When I watched the film a few years ago in university it was called 'Ring', but obviously since the US remake has come out 'Ringu' has become a useful way of saying you mean the original film. An interesting reversal of the normal Wikipedia:Naming conventions (use English) and Wikipedia:Naming conventions (common names) clash, which tends to be stuff being known by transcription via scanlation or fansubbing, then when a US translation is released some fanatic goes round changing all the names etc to 'official english' versions even the 'common name' is still the transcription. Anyway, spent far too long over one 'u' already, and only time will resolve this, I suspect. --zippedmartin 22:09, 21 July 2005 (UTC)

Coming out of the TV[edit]

I edited the bit which said: In the novel, it is never known that Sadako comes out of a TV to kill those who have watched the tape, it only implies this. In the movie this is shown directly.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I can't find any implication of this in the book. I don't see any evidence that this was intended by the author, and it's quite possible it was introduced for the movie. Note that both in the book and the movie, there are characters who die who are nowhere near a TV - this isn't a problem in the original book which says nothing about coming out of a TV, but it is a puzzle introduced by the movie. Mdwh 23:06, 2 February 2006 (UTC)


"Since the main character in the novel is a man, Ryuji Takayama is just a friend not an ex-husband in the movie."

Is it just me, or does this sound kinda funny? Like Ryuji Takayama is a friend in the movie, and an ex-husband in the novel? Is that... right?-- 06:01, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

--Reword this to "Since the main character in the novel is a man, Ryuji Takayama is just a friend, and not an ex-husband as in the movie"?


Ringu is perhaps the best horror movie of the 90s, yet its wikipedia article is brief and unorganized. Hope someone will continue to expand the plot outline and other sections a bit. Igorrr 10:28, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

I'll probably re-organize this article a bit later. It really needs it. MentosC 19:43, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Cool. I'll be editing the plot outline some time this week as well. Igorrr 22:32, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

I split the opening paragraph, which was about 6 paragraphs long, into seperate sections. This will help keep things more organized, but the article will still need some more information. I also deleted a paragraph about the popularity of the novels, considering that this article is about the movie, and the books have their own articles. I'll work on the article more tommorow :) -MentosC 06:00, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

The layout looks better indeed.
Added the plot outline without giving away too many spoilers. Feel free to edit/correct it as you see fit! Igorrr 10:57, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Ring.jpeg[edit]

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What is so horrifying about Ring? I wasn't horrified in the least. Someone explain in this article why this film was so successful that it spawned two sequels and English versions. Yokosuberi (talk) 17:43, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

Me too, i'm not horrified with movie.It didn't gave the scares, but it gave me the chills. Well, i've just put the "reception" section in that article. To say at least, you may understand the reason behind its blockbuster success. I just inserted what i've researched about the people's "say" about the movie (check the refs if you want). And i'm trying to find some critical reviews on it so I can also know what those critics want to say. I think you didn't liked the film. Everyone has opinions and not all are the same. Some might liked it, others not. You just said yours.

Neffyring (talk) 10:35, 29 May 2008 (UTC)neffyring


The reception section was a total mess so I cleaned it up a bit. A lot of the grammar didn't make sense. Julieisthebest (talk) 19:58, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

,oh thanks for help, i'm not that good in grammar, so sorry! Neffyring (talk) 10:35, 14 June 2008 (UTC)neffyring
I edited the reception section a bit. The previous review seemed a bit more of a plot summary, so I replaced that with a different review. I noticed there was a positive - negative dialogue going, so I kept to that format, but decided to use reviews that provided a bit more of a critical dialogue. Hope that adds to the section! Meyouandsarahoo (talk) 14:40, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Nine Months[edit]

"The whole production work took nine months and five weeks". Nine months and five weeks? does it mean ten months and a week? narto (talk) 10:35, 19 December 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

In popular culture[edit]

There were some anime series that have use some of the themes and scenes from this movie for their work. Here are some:

In episode 2 of the anime series Wagaya no Oinari-sama, shows the characters watching a movie on TV showing a scene of the character that resembles Sadako Yamamura coming out of a tv screen in a liquid-like form, with Noboru Takagami comenting theat the film is about a horror movie were people watched a cursed tape & die.

In the OVA series of Seto no Hanayome, the character Surtan appeared almost resembling the character Sadako Yamamura before she is seen by Sun Seto in her normal apperance. - SilentmanX (talk) 16:15, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

being cursed[edit]

Shouldn't it say 'it is said to be cursed' instead of it 'being cursed' because all i hear about the ring is the curse and i think there should be a wider section on it. -- (talk) 05:34, 15 April 2012 (UTC)


Manga review. Gabriel Yuji (talk) 05:56, 2 May 2012 (UTC)

Blurb Section re-edit suggestion[edit]

Ring (リング Ringu?) is a 1998 Japanese horror film by Hideo Nakata, adapted from the novel Ring by Kōji Suzuki, which in turn draws on the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. The film stars Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rikiya Ōtaka . It follows the story of tv-reporter and single mother Reiko, who gets caught up in a series of death’s surrounding a cursed video tape.

The entire production took approximately 9 months,[1] and was then followed up by numerous films creating a Ring-universe and triggering a western trend of Japanese remakes.

The film is the highest grossing horror film in Japan at 12 billion yen ($137.7 million). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ekatkormilitsyna (talkcontribs) 12:00, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Removed link in references[edit]

The link in the references was to a faulty website and was an incorrect citation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rgrundy90 (talkcontribs) 12:13, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Plot re-edit[edit]

Hi, whilst the plot is already really in depth and accurate, I was thinking whether it could benefit from some re-editing in terms of structure and word count. I feel like it might benefit from being shortened, as the wiki film project page suggests that the optimum length for plot descriptions should remain within 400-700 words, and Ring's current word count is at 690.

My suggested edit is below, I would be grateful for feedback:


Two teenagers, Masami (Hitomi Satō) and Tomoko (Yūko Takeuchi), talk about a videotape recorded by a boy in Izu, which is fabled to bear a curse that kills the viewer seven days after watching. Tomoko then reveals that a week ago, she and three of her friends watched a weird tape and received a call after watching it. Unnervingly similar to the storied videotape, Masami realizes that Tomoko was fated to die. After some unsettling moments, Tomoko is killed by an unseen force with Masami having the horror of watching.

Some days later, Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima), a reporter investigating the popularity of the video curse among teenagers, discovers that her niece, Tomoko and her three other friends mysteriously died at the same time on the same night with their faces twisted in a rictus of fear. She also discovers that Masami, the girl who was with Tomoko when she died, became insane and is now in a mental hospital. After stumbling upon Tomoko's photos from the past week, Reiko finds out that the four teenagers stayed in a rental cabin in Izu. Eventually, she flips to a photo of the teens with their faces blurred and distorted.

Later, Reiko goes to Izu and finds an unlabeled tape in the reception room of the rental cottage where the teenagers stayed. Watching the tape inside Cabin B4, Reiko sees a series of seemingly unrelated disturbing images. As soon as the tape is over, Reiko sees a reflection in the television, and as she turns to see nobody behind her she receives a phone call, a realization of the tell-tale videotape curse.

On the first day, Reiko enlists the help of her ex-husband, Ryūji Takayama (Hiroyuki Sanada). They take a picture of Reiko and find her face blurred in the photograph. Ryūji then watches the tape, against Reiko's objections. A day later, Reiko creates a copy for Ryūji for them to study. They find a hidden message embedded within the tape saying that "frolic in brine, goblins be thine". The message is in a form of dialect from Izu Ōshima Island. That night, Reiko catches her young son Yoichi watching the videotape; claiming that Tomoko had told him to do it. Reiko and Ryūji sail for Ōshima and discover the history of the great psychic Shizuko Yamamura, who was accused of faking supernatural powers; and thus committed suicide.

With only a day left, Reiko and Ryūji discover that the videotape was made psionically by Shizuko's lost daughter, Sadako Yamamura, whose supernatural powers surpassed even those of her mother. The two go back to Izu with the assumption that Sadako is dead and her vengeful spirit (Onryō) killed the teenagers. They uncover a well underneath the cabin and through a vision see the circumstances of Sadako's murder by her father. They attempt to appease the spirit by finding the dead body. Moments before Reiko's time is up she discovers the corpse and remains untouched by the corpse, suggesting that the curse has been broken.

The next day Ryūji is at home and his TV switches on by itself, showing the image of a well. The ghost of Sadako crawls out of the well and out of Ryūji's TV set and frightens him into a state of shock, therefore killing him via cardiac arrest. Before dying, he manages to dial Reiko's number; she hears his last minutes over the phone and realizes the videotape's curse remains unbroken. Desperate to save her son, Reiko realizes that, copying the tape and showing it to someone else, saved her. With a VCR and Ryūji's copy of the tape, Reiko travels with her son to see her father in an attempt to save him, realizing that this is a never-ending cycle: The tape must always be copied and passed on to ensure the survival of the viewers.

Influence on Western Cinema[edit]

I added the section "Influence on Western Cinema" as this seemed an important topic that wasn't included on the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rgrundy90 (talkcontribs) 13:20, 14 February 2014 (UTC)


This article is poorly developed and is missing significant amounts of information on the film's production, release, and reception which needs to be added to the article. Information on the film's production should include information on the film's development, pre-production, and filming; each should be separated into their own sub-sections within the article's production section. The release section is too short and needs to be expanded in more detail. The release section should have more information on the film's theatrical and home media releases and go into more detail on the film's box office performance with theatrical and home media releases divided into their own sub sections within the release section. The reception section is also way too short and should include more reviews from notable critics (both Japanese and International). For more information on the article structure, see Manual of Style/Film. There are also pieces of information that are unsourced or improperly sourced and need to be fixed. All of these issues need to be fixed and added in order for this article to meet Wikipiedia's guidelines and standards of a well developed article.--Paleface Jack (talk) 18:07, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

Vague and POV complaints, with all the stuff you require the article would be a featured-class article (even if it would not be bad, after all). The article is well-sourced and has all the key informations about the subject. Expand the article adding the informations you feel are missing instead of ranting in vain about minor issues. Cavarrone 09:16, 4 July 2016 (UTC)