“Ringu” showing 17th May

Ringu Poster

“Ringu” is the original (1998) Japanese film which inspired the 2002 horror film “The Ring”. In this psychological horror story from Japan, a legend circulates among teenagers that if one watches a certain video at a certain time of the night, the telephone will ring right afterward, and one week later, you will die. When Masami (Hitomi Sato) tells her friend Imako this story, she scoffs — but a week later, Imako dies. Imako’s aunt, a television journalist named Reiko (Nanako Matsushima), hears that not long before she died, Imako was watching a strange video with her friends — all of whom have turned up dead. Reiko tracks down a copy of the video, and as she watches its strange, spectral images, the telephone begins to ring….The next morning, Reiko begins a desperate search to solve the mystery of the video, convinced she has only seven days to live; assisting her is Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada), a mathematics expert and her former husband. Ringu was a box-office success in its native Japan, and a surprise blockbuster in Hong Kong, where it became the biggest grossing film of the first half of 1999.
If you remember the later Naomi Watts film, this original picture will be a most interesting contrast. The evening will commence with British short “Plank” at 7.30 pm, then a short break for refreshments, and the main film. All welcome.