Notable Cast: Satomi Ishihara, Koji Seto, Yusuke Yamamoto, Ryosei Tayama, Ai Hashimoto
While "Ringu" it's American remake "The Ring" kick started a world wide fascination with J-Horror and Japanese ghost films, the series took a quick dive into oddities and obscurities with its eventual sequels. Now I haven't read the books that this series is based on, but judging from synopses and reviews - they equally go towards being odd and obscure. Thusly, when it was announced that our favorite long black haired villainous girl Sadako would be returning to the big screen based on the novel "S", I was more intrigued than excited. Would it be a return to form for the ghostly killer or would the modernization of having her kill through an internet video be completely asinine? Oddly enough, "Sadako 3D" is both.
When a video of a famous internet artist committing suicide goes viral, a teacher (Ishihara) has to keep her students from watching the supposed "cursed video" in class. Well, at least searching for it. It would seem the video is hard to come by. Yet, a string of suicides all linked the video have become an epidemic that the police are investigating. When the teacher witnesses a long haired woman reaching through the monitor to grab one of her students, she realizes that the curse just might be real...
|"Rebooting the franchise?! O.M.G."|
|"It's show time!"|
Secondly, for all of the stronger moments in the film and specific scenes that worked for me, the film generally makes no sense at all. I love the idea behind the film with a man's viral video of suicide as an act of sacrifice to resurrect Sadako who's looking for the right time and vessel to come back the throw down with humanity, but beyond that there was a lot of massive loop holes and poor writing to be had. Characters come and go from Sadako's realm to the real world as visions (and as hostages at one point) and the ending dumbfounded me. I really had no idea why the ending actually ended Sadako's terror reign, but whatever. There is a scene in the middle of the credits that adds a bit of mystery to the film and a post credits scene that most certainly indicates this was meant to reboot the franchise, so stick around to watch those if you buy or rent the film.
|The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout...|
Written By Matt Reifschneider
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