Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Ring and Rasen

Ahead of F. Javier Gutiérrez's Rings and ignoring Manga, let's playback history of cursed videotape.


Contrary to popular belief, original novel was first adapted in 1995 as television movie Ring: Kanzenban and was largely authentic to source material.

Hideo Nakata's 1998 remake Ring is what most know.

12 episode mini-series Ring: The Final Chapter was based on book, but not connected to any film.

Rasen (based on 1995 novel of same name) and Ring were released in Japan simultaneously, but as 'first' sequel bombed, was quickly replaced by Ring 2.

Nevertheless, 13 episode series followed The Final Chapter.

1999 South Korean adaptation The Ring Virus copied scenes from 1998 film (particularly the ending), and changed baddie from Sadako Yamamura to Park Eun-Suh.

Gore Verbinski ripped up the stereotypical rule book of shite American remakes with The Ring.

Villain of the piece was altered to Samara Morgan.


Set thirty years before 1998 film and based on Lemonheart from book anthology Birthday, Ring 0 was brought in 2000.

Video games The Ring: Terror's Realm (Dreamcast) and Ring: Infinity (Wonderswan) both came out in the same year.

While I can't comment on the latter, the former was absolutely horrific (and not in a good way).

The Ring Two

Picking up 6 months after The Ring and immediately after Jonathan Liebesman's impressive short Rings, (which bridged the gap between 2002 original and this), Nakata's nonsensical 2005 sequel was separate to his own 1999 sequel Ring 2.

Brainchild of God awful 2014 Turtles reboot introduced subculture of seeing how long people could last before copy of tape is made and passed on.

Groups taking a butchers upload their experiences and called 'Rings'.

Rasen returns

14 years later, the forgotten fights back.

WTF, right?

First canonical sequel Sadako 3D was released in 2012, with Sadako 3D 2 following a year later.

S provided the basis for both.

Sadako vs. Kayako brings us bang up to date, and since it's a crossover of both iconic franchises, also serves as a sequel to Ju-on: The Final Curse.

Discounting the remainder of Birthday, Loop and Tide are the only books from Koji Suzuki's super six not yet adapted for the screen.

How did latest instalment fare?

Find out next week...

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