Ring: Kanzenban

Two men investigate a cursed videocassette.
Japan
1995
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Character Focus: 
Ghost Film
Object: 
Footage
3.04
A film you won't want to copy...
6
5.04
5.04
4
1
2
3
Plot
Photography
Ambiance
Ring: Kanzenban is a made-for-television horror film based on a book that tells the story of a technological curse; some kind of psychic virus, in a way. Most of the movie is an investigation, documented from all angles, of a gimmick that could be used more effectively in the hands of better writers. The content of the video tape is particular. What appears on it makes us uneasy.
The movie is not as atmospheric as it should be, considering the subject at hand. The sets are basic, sometimes seemingly improvised. The low saturation works in the context of a detective movie, but we'd much rather watch a horror movie and avoid all this filler. The narrative is too clouded with superfluous details. There is too much emphasis on "powers", here, and enough on the "curse".
We've got a pile of questions stacked by the second half and expect answers that may never come. We're dealing with a magical curse; we know that, some people casting spells, gratuitous sex, rape scenes, hermaphroditism... and this is just one movie! There's too much dialogue and there are way too many diversions. We came here to be scared and that's not what we're getting...
Alternate Titles: 
Ringu: Jiko ka! Henshi ka! 4-tsu no inochi wo ubau shôjo no onnen
Ringu: Kanzen-ban
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