History Literature / TheRing

1st May '16 3:46:53 AM AlphaHandingGems
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* AllThereInTheManual: Shortly before the first US remake was released, a few websites about it were made public. They had parts of documents, such as medical records and newspaper and magazine articles, which explained [[{{Backstory}} backstories]] of some characters, particularly the Morgans. Some parts of these documents appear briefly in the film itself.


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* LikeFatherLikeSon: In terms of appearance, Samara resembles Anna: both have long dark hair, dark eyes, and light skin.


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** Shizuko and Sadako are named after two people who lived in Japan in the early 20th century and were claimed to have PsychicPowers.
23rd Mar '16 8:45:00 PM Dimas28
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** Even in the original Japanese adaptations, some characters undergo name changes even without the whole GenderFlip thing. Akane Ayukawa from the ''Sadako 3D'' series, for instance, was originally named Akane Maruyama in the novels.

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** Even in the original Japanese adaptations, some characters undergo name changes even without the whole GenderFlip thing. Akane Ayukawa from the ''Sadako 3D'' series, for instance, was originally named Akane Maruyama in the novels.


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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Kazuyuki is killed in a car accident in ''Rasen'', which is completely without warning and is not in itself involved in the curse. His wife and daughter at least have an explanation of being dead by the curse before it happened, but not Kazuyuki. It becomes rather jarring when the protagonist that you followed in the previous book suddenly goes away like that, while you switch to a completely unrelated individual in the next.
** [[spoiler: Reiko]] of the film adaptation also undergoes this by [[spoiler: being hit by a bus. Again, there's no explanation why it suddenly occurs. As far as we know, it's not part of the curse.]]


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* KubrickStare: Anyone who is influenced by Sadako is prone to doing this. Yoichi, in particular, spends almost the entire second half of ''Ring 2'' doing this, mainly after [[spoiler: Reiko dies.]]
** Sadako seems to inherit this trait from her mother, Shizuko, who gives a ''terrifying'' one to Mai, also in ''Ring 2''. [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother Like Daughter]].


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* ShootTheShaggyDog: Kazuyuki's role in the series has been nothing but this. He attempts to save himself and his family from the curse by solving it, in the process dragging his friend, Ryuji, along. Then Ryuji dies and Kazuyuki learns that he already saved himself when he showed the copy of the tape to Ryuji. However, he fails to use this information to save his family, and afterwards, he crashes his car and becomes catatonic, ultimately dying several days later. He ''did'' have an impact, though, namely by [[spoiler: allowing his brother to transcript his recordings into paper form, thus [[NiceJobBreakingItHero spreading the curse further]]]].
16th Mar '16 9:08:15 AM AtticusOmundson
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* ColorWash: In the American films, the almost everything is tinged with the color green to give the series a sickly, unnatural feeling.

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* ColorWash: In the American films, the almost everything is tinged with the color green to give the series a sickly, unnatural feeling.
16th Mar '16 9:07:46 AM AtticusOmundson
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** Likely to update with the modern era, ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' both feature a new medium to transmit the curse: web video. And unlike the video tape, [[ParanoiaFuel it's randomly generated]].

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** Likely to update with the modern era, ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' both feature a new medium to transmit the curse: web video. And unlike the video tape, videotape, [[ParanoiaFuel it's randomly generated]].


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* ColorWash: In the American films, the almost everything is tinged with the color green to give the series a sickly, unnatural feeling.
14th Mar '16 12:20:25 PM EdwardGil
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* ''Sadako vs. Kayako'' (a crossover with ''Film/{{Juon}}'', to be released in 2016)

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* ''Sadako ''[[VersusTitle Sadako vs. Kayako'' Kayako]]'' (a crossover with ''Film/{{Juon}}'', to be released in 2016)
10th Mar '16 4:53:09 AM angormanagement
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* One-HourWorkWeek: Rachel's office hours seem irregular at best.

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* One-HourWorkWeek: OneHourWorkWeek: Rachel's office hours seem irregular at best.
10th Mar '16 4:52:34 AM angormanagement
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* {{One-Hour Work Week}}: Rachel's office hours seem irregular at best.

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* {{One-Hour Work Week}}: One-HourWorkWeek: Rachel's office hours seem irregular at best.
10th Mar '16 4:50:34 AM angormanagement
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* {{One-Hour Work Week}}: Rachel's office hours seem irregular at best.
24th Feb '16 11:37:54 AM narm00
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* ''S'', on which Sadako 3D and its sequel, Sadako 3D 2, is based

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* ''S'', on which ''S'' (the basis for Sadako 3D and its sequel, Sadako 3D 2, is based2)



** [[spoiler: Samara, too, though to a much lesser extent. Rachel theorizes that Samara survived for seven days inside the well before dying, which was why she gave those cursed by the videotape seven days to live. It's much more plausible for her to survive that long as opposed to 30 years, but she still could no shit once trapped there. And she's just a little girl.]]

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** [[spoiler: Samara, too, though to a much lesser extent. Rachel theorizes that Samara survived for seven days inside the well before dying, which was why she gave those cursed by the videotape seven days to live. It's much more plausible for her to survive that long as opposed to 30 years, but she still could no shit couldn't escape once trapped there. And she's just a little girl.]]



** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: Kakiuchi commits suicide after killing Akane. Sure, it's may be because he's an AxCrazy by this point, but it's not hard to think that he just want to die in his own terms, rather than have Nagi and/or Sadako do the job.]]

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** In ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: Kakiuchi commits suicide after killing Akane. Sure, it's it may be because he's an AxCrazy by this point, but it's not hard to think that he just want to die in on his own terms, rather than have Nagi and/or Sadako do the job.]]



** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: Happy Birthday.

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** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: Happy Birthday.]]



** Both ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'', despite being billed as official sequels of the series, seem to be set in a world unique of its own. The only connections to the previous films are that one of the supporting characters is named Takanori Ando (Ando's son in ''Rasen'' [[spoiler: who got resurrected]], which as mentioned above, got discounted from the series canon, so it doesn't count) and it's explicitly stated to have happened 13 years after the tape first claimed its victims (which was the events of ''Ring''). Of course it isn't confirmed, but people can watch them independently without having prior knowledge of the previous films. This is unlike the book they are based on, ''S'', which ''is'' a proper sequel full of connections and references to the previous novels.

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** Both ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'', despite being billed as official sequels of the series, seem to be set in a world unique world of its their own. The only connections to the previous films are that one of the supporting characters is named Takanori Ando (Ando's son in ''Rasen'' [[spoiler: who got resurrected]], which as mentioned above, got discounted from the series canon, so it doesn't count) and it's explicitly stated to have happened 13 years after the tape first claimed its victims (which was the events of ''Ring''). Of course it isn't confirmed, but people can watch them independently without having prior knowledge of the previous films. This is unlike the book they are based on, ''S'', which ''is'' a proper sequel full of connections and references to the previous novels.



* DeathByAdaptation: Sorta. In ''Ring 0: Birthday'', [[spoiler: Toyama is one of the casualties of Sadako's rampage after she merges with her SuperpoweredEvilSide, and he dies rather unceremoniously, too, if his screams are any indication.]] Meanwhile, in the short story the film is based on, ''Lemonheart'', [[spoiler: not only does Toyama is spared from being involved in all those horror, he gets to live a long and meaningful life without Sadako. On his deathbed, he even welcomes Sadako, who comes to ease his passing.]]



* DeathByAdaptation: Sorta. In ''Ring 0: Birthday'', [[spoiler: Toyama is one of the casualties of Sadako's rampage after she merges with her SuperpoweredEvilSide, and he dies rather unceremoniously, too, if his screams are any indication.]] Meanwhile, in the short story the film is based on, ''Lemonheart'', [[spoiler: not only is Toyama spared from being involved in those horrors, he gets to live a long and meaningful life without Sadako. On his deathbed, he even welcomes Sadako, who comes to ease his passing.]]



** A male example would be Seiji Kashiwada. Like the above two, he also wears all-white, is [[http://www.tokyohive.com/upload/2012/01/20120127_sadako3d_yamamoto.jpg easy on the eyes]], and is also an AffablyEvil. What does he do? Producing a cursed video that kills people. Plus murdering young women so they could become Sadako's clones. Seems like the film adaptations uphold the EvilIsSexy rule.

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** A male example would be Seiji Kashiwada. Like the above two, he also wears all-white, is [[http://www.tokyohive.com/upload/2012/01/20120127_sadako3d_yamamoto.jpg easy on the eyes]], and is also an AffablyEvil. What does he do? Producing a cursed video that kills people. Plus murdering young women so they could become Sadako's clones. Seems like the film adaptations uphold the EvilIsSexy rule.



* {{Motifs}}; Several in the first US film:

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* TheStinger: ''Sadako 3D 2'' features one, right before the credits roll. [[spoiler: Sadako's child is ''not'' Nagi.]]



* TheStinger: ''Sadako 3D 2'' features one, right before the credits roll. [[spoiler: Sadako's child is ''not'' Nagi.]]



* TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end of the series, and, due to the nature of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in 2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known than its film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema.

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* TrilogyCreep: The publication of ''Birthday'' apparently marked the end of the series, and, due to the nature of the novel (it's a supplementary anthology), that meant the true ending of the series was ''Loop'', which perfectly made a trilogy with ''Ring'' and ''Spiral'' and in fact also closed all current plot threads ([[spoiler: The vaccine for the Ring virus is finally found in ''Loop'']]). And suddenly, out of the blue, the novel ''S'' was released in 2012. No, not the film ''Sadako 3D'' (whose release date was in fact set to coincide with the former), ''S''. And it's not a standalone novel either, since it focuses on a minor character from ''Spiral'' [[spoiler: [[BackFromTheDead who was dead once but returned back]].]] And it's followed by another sequel, ''Tide'', which was released in 2013. Naturally, the two novels are less well-known than its the film adaptations due to the fact that it's easier to provide subtitles to films rather than translating entire novels, and most people would be forgiven for thinking that ''Sadako 3D'' and ''Sadako 3D 2'' are original concepts made-for-cinema.


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* VersusTitle: ''Sadako vs. Kayako''.
19th Jan '16 1:14:54 AM Dimas28
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** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]

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** In the novel ''Loop'', [[spoiler: Kaoru dies during his search for a vaccine to neutralize the Ring virus in the real world. However, the vaccine ''is'' found, and Kaoru manages to say one last message for his lover, Reiko: [[HeartwarmingMoments Happy]] [[TearJerker Birthday]].]]Happy Birthday.


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* DeathByAdaptation: Sorta. In ''Ring 0: Birthday'', [[spoiler: Toyama is one of the casualties of Sadako's rampage after she merges with her SuperpoweredEvilSide, and he dies rather unceremoniously, too, if his screams are any indication.]] Meanwhile, in the short story the film is based on, ''Lemonheart'', [[spoiler: not only does Toyama is spared from being involved in all those horror, he gets to live a long and meaningful life without Sadako. On his deathbed, he even welcomes Sadako, who comes to ease his passing.]]


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* GenderFlip: All adaptations of ''Ring'' are remembered for featuring female protagonists with a son to care about. The original protagonist in the novel is actually a man: Kazuyuki Asakawa, and he has a daughter to care about.


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* UsefulNotes/JapaneseDialects: A plot point in ''Ring''. When slowed down, the Towel Man can be heard speaking a Japanese sentence that sounds unintelligible to the protagonists at first, since it's from a dialect of Izu Oshima, the island that the Yamamura family hailed from and is part of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Izu_Islands Izu Islands]], whose form of Japanese are famous for preserving many features of Old Japanese (and thus more archaic) the more south you go, which is why the English translation translate the sentence using YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "frolic in brine, goblins be thine" ([[spoiler: It's foreshadowing the fact that Shizuko conceived Sadako with, erm, an entity from the sea).]]


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** The hospital that Takanori works in in ''Sadako 3D 2'' is called the Asakawa General Hospital. Asakawa is the surname for the protagonist of ''Ring'', both novel and film.


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* TragicVillain: Sadako in ''Ring 0: Birthday''. Most of the tragedies are technically her fault, but she doesn't mean them to happen. Yet everyone are understandably scared and wants her to be got rid off. [[TearJerker It's quite sad]].
** Also Nagi in ''Sadako 3D 2'', [[spoiler: during the time when everyone thinks of her as the source of the curse.]]
-->'''Nagi''': You'll kill me? You don't like me? Why's everyone scared of me? I want to see Mommy. I'm scared. I can see people's deaths. [[TearJerker Help me, Auntie, help me...]]


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* VillainProtagonist: Sadako is this in ''Ring 0: Birthday''.
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