RINGS Comes to Japan as THE RING/REBIRTH
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
“Whoever sees the cursed video will surely die after seven days…”
Nearly a year after Paramount Pictures’ RINGS was released in North America, the movie comes to Japanese cinemas as THE RING/REBIRTH (ザ・リング／リバース, Za Ringu/ Ribaasu).
RINGS is the third feature-length entry in the American series based on the Japanese horror franchise that began with Koji Suzuki’s novel Ring (リング, Ringu, 1991) and gained international acclaim with Hideo Nakata’s (DARK WATER, L: change the worLd) hit film adaptation THE RING (リング, Ringu, 1998). Suzuki’s story of a cursed video tape and the movie’s depiction of the undead antagonist Sadako crawling out from a TV screen shocked the world and became defining symbols of J-horror. A number of theatrical and television sequels, prequels and remakes have been produced in Japan and abroad, including the American version which launched in 2002. Kadokawa — publisher and producer/distributor of the Japanese Ring books and films — will release THE RING/REBIRTH in January 2018 to celebrate the 20th of anniversary of the first Japanese movie.
Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez, RINGS brings the video concept into the digital age as Samara Morgan (the US version of Sadako) attempts to spread her curse in new and terrifying ways. The movie was released in America on February 3, 2017 to poor reviews and disappointing box office.
Japanese Release Date: Friday, January 26, 2018 (Roadshow)
Original Title/English Title: RINGS
Running Time: 102 Minutes
Julia: Matilda Lutz
Holt Anthony: Alex Roe
Gabriel Brown: Johnny Galecki
Skye Johnston: Aimee Teegarden
Samara Morgan: Bonnie Morgan
Burke: Vincent D’Onofrio
Shanda: Surley Alvelo
Faith: Laura Wiggins
Carter: Zach Roerig
Chris: Adam Fristoe
Libby: Andrea Laing
Sam: Drew Grey
Jamal: Patrick R. Walker
Blue: Chuck David Willis
Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez
Original Concept: Koji Suzuki / Movie THE RING
Story: David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes
Screenplay: David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes, Akiva Goldsman
Producers: Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
Executive Producers: Amy Sayres, Ehren Kruger, Mike Macari, Neal Edelstein, Christopher Bender, JC Spink, Roy Lee
Cinematographer: Sharone Meir
Costume Designer: Christopher Peterson
Production Designer: Kevin Kavanaugh
Editors: Steven Mirkovich, Jeremiah O’Driscoll
Executive Music Producer: Hans Zimmer
Music: Matthew Margeson
Production: Parkes + MacDonald Imagenation
Distributor: Kadokawa, Asmik Ace
© 2017 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
About Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.
Kadokawa Pictures is part of Kadokawa Shoten, which forms the axis of the expansive KADOKAWA CORPORATION. Kadokawa Shoten has maintained the company’s traditions since its founding, while continuously seeking to innovate at the same time. With their core operations based in publishing and film, represented by the Kadokawa Paperback, Kadokawa Pictures, and Kadokawa Anime labels, they continually release a wide range of content targeted to all age groups.
For more information on RINGS, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- THE RING Franchise Returns to America With RINGS
- RINGS Cast Interview Soundbites
- RINGS Now on Blu-ray and DVD