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RING 0: THE BIRTHDAY

Japan, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Shadows – The Dark Side of Cinema)

Director: Norio Tsurata

Sadako Yarnamura spends thirty years trapped in a well, and lived. More specifically, an evil, vengeful and utterly horrific trace of Sadako lived. The fatal video virus, ensuring a miserable, screaming death, that she unleashed was the subject of Ring and Ring 2 (MIFF 2000). Ring O.The Birthday travels back in time to the events of the 50s and 60s that prefigured those very nasty occurrences. Fans of the previous Ring frightfests will devour this excellent prequel but seeing them is not essential to enjoying this latest chapter of the wildly successful Japanese saga. After a public demonstration of psychic powers by Sadakos mother every person who witnessed the unbelievable spectacle died horribly Kumiko. the fiance of one of the victims is determined to track the Yarnamura mother and daughter and exact revenge Kumiko has no concept of the malignant forces she will have to contend with. "If you can get through it without grinding your teeth into dust, you're a better man than me."

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