Ringu 2 (1999, JAP) C-95m. ** D: Hideo Nakata. Starring Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Sato, Kyôko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata, Kenjiro Ishimaru. Second sequel (despite its title) to the influential RINGU (1998), but the first by that film's original director. Set right after the events of the first film, a young student investigates and becomes entranced by the search for the mysterious video tape. The creepy sound effects are still there, but everything else just doesn't work any more. Film was made after audiences were dissatisfied with the first sequel, RASEN, but this is not much better. Followed by RINGU 0: BASUDEI (2000). English title: RING 2.

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