Monday, December 8, 2008

Ring Virus (1999)

Ring VIrus (1999)

December 11th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

Remakes are no more uncommon among the cinemas of Asia then they are in the United States and Ring Virus is a prime example of this. In Japan adaptations of the Ring novels have included an initial 1995 TV movie, the 1998 feature film that most people are familiar with along with its two sequels and one prequel and a twelve episode TV miniseries. But the first adaptation of the story made outside of Japan is not the US remake and its sequel, but this South Korean film.

Besides going through the basic story of the novel, it does give the tale its own cultural fingerprint. Parts of the US Ring remake also seem to reference this film as opposed to purely drawing from its Japanese counterpart.

The films star, Shin Eun-Kyung, is otherwise known for such roles as the tittle character in My Wife is a Gangster and a suporting role in the Japanese surealistic horror film Uzumaki.

South Korea, Director Kim Dong-bin. Starring Shin Eun-Kyung, Lee Seung-Hyeon, Jeong Jin-Yeong and Bae Du-na. In Korean with English subtitles, 95 minutes.

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