Directed by Hideo Nakata
Picking up where its predecessor left off, RING 2 finds Mai (Miki Nakatani) on the trail of the missing Reiko, Ring's heroine, following a string of deaths in which she appears to be implicated. Teaming up with one of Reiko's former colleagues, Mai delves ever deeper into urban legend surrounding the cursed videotape... and soon finds herself incurring the wrath of Sadako's vengeful spirit.
One year after the success of his horror classic Ring, director Hideo Nakata returned to the world of viral video to deliver his own follow-up.
Cast: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Sato
way more abstract than the first one in a way i wasn't expecting, but gr8 to see the original cast and learn more about Sadako
I really liked it personally. But what does it matter.
Personally I rather liked it- it expands on the lore. That being said, b/c of some translation decisions, I think that lore gets a bit lost. The subtitles translate "bakemono" to "goblins" in the repeated saying from the first movie, and is inconsistent with translating "bakemono" in other places. I'd argue this is pretty significant, b/c realizing that Sadako is likely the child of some sort of ocean spirit is Kind Of Important.
Two stars for bringing in cast members from the first film - that was the best part of the film. Two stars for the rest of the film, which was uneven, failed to deliver an effective plot and thinking the audience is stupid. Stupid enough to believe a playdoh head on its own is evil. True, I'm a fan of films that involve maneating refrigerators, chairs and donuts, but this was just, well - not good.
I didn't know what was going on a lot of the time, definitely one for a second viewing because it seemed pretty good otherwise, it being longer to explain more would have helped. This one is filmed in a much more uncanny and dreamlike style, compared to extreme realism of the first movie. Fitting though considering the world would seem like a very strange place after the events of the first.