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Rasen (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 31 January 1998 (Japan)
A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.


Jôji Iida


Jôji Iida (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Satô ... Mitsuo Andô
Miki Nakatani ... Mai Takano
Hinako Saeki Hinako Saeki ... Sadako Yamamura
Shingo Tsurumi ... Miyashita
Shigemitsu Ogi Shigemitsu Ogi ... Maekawa Keibuho
Yutaka Matsushige ... Yoshino
Daisuke Ban Daisuke Ban ... Heihachirô Ikuma
Naoaki Manabe Naoaki Manabe ... Kobayashi
Naoto Adachi Naoto Adachi ... Funakoshi
Eri Kakurai Eri Kakurai ... Rieko Andô
Ryûichi Sugahara Ryûichi Sugahara ... Takanori Andô
Masanobu Yada Masanobu Yada ... Junsa Buchô
Ryûma Uchida Ryûma Uchida ... Kansatsui Joshu
Tadashi Takatsuki Tadashi Takatsuki ... Kirokui (as Chû Takatsuki)
Kôzô Satô Kôzô Satô ... Shashin Gakari


A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


"Ring" Posed The Mystery... Now "The Spiral" Provides The Grim Solution. See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spiral See more »


Box Office


$2,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Basara Pictures, Imagica See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sadako 3D (2012) and Sadako 2 3D (2013) are sequels to Rasen (1998), based on Kôji Suzuki's 2012 follow-up novel S. This creates a branched off continuity with the franchise. See more »


[Ando rushes after Ryuji]
Mitsuo Ando: Takayama! What about your boy? Don't you want him back too? We still have his cells... We could do it now!
Ryuji Takayama: I couldn't be so cruel. I couldn't bring Yoichi back into this world.
Mitsuo Ando: [stuttering] Y-you're wrong. You're wrong.
Ryuji Takayama: Ando... It will be many, many, many years before I can sleep easy.
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I just can't really see this as a 'Ringu' movie.
4 August 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

The Japanese 'Ringu' series is one odd one. This movie is a sequel to "Ringu", while there is also another movie that is actually named "Ringu 2". Is this even an official sequel? Both movies feature as well some of the same characters and actors as from the first "Ringu" movie Both movies are sequels, while this movie is being based on the novel by Kôji Suzuki and stays close to its source material, the other sequel "Ringu 2" is more of a movie sequel to "Ringu". You either accept this movie or "Ringu 2" as its sequel, since both are a direct sequel to "Ringu" but they themselves have nothing to do with each other. Are you still following it? To make things more complicated, these movies got followed by "Ringu 0: Bâsudei", which in return is a prequel to "Ringu". And then lets not even get started about all those 'Ringu/Ring' movie versions and television series from different countries.

While "Rasen" is perhaps the better written movie, "Ringu 2" is still the better made one, in terms of directing and build-up of it all. It's also more exciting to watch horror wise. "Rasen" is the sort of movie that relies more on its 'clever' writing rather than trying to be tense or scary.

What perhaps disappointed me most about this movie was how unengaged it was to watch. I wouldn't call "Rasen" a boring movie but it also isn't exactly an exciting one either. For a horror movie it just simply gets never scary or tense. It's a more slow moving movie, that focuses more on its uninteresting characters and other uninteresting aspects. It's a story that just never takes off.

Really not the best the 'Ringu' series or Japanese horror has to offer.



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