Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 31m
In 1998, director Hideo Nakata unleashed his tale of technological terror on unsuspecting audiences. It went on to become Japan’s most enduring and influential horror film.
When journalist Reiko’s (Nanako Matsushima) niece dies from sudden heart failure in mysterious circumstances, she travels to the countryside to investigate. As she pursues the case further, Reiko enlists her ex-husband Ryuji (Hiroyuki Sanada). They soon uncover a sinister urban legend that tells of a cursed videotape.
Nakata composed the film with an arthouse sentiment resulting in a minimalist approach that forgoes gore in favour of eerie visuals and haunting imagery, which, along with its understated score, creates a foreboding atmosphere so rarely achieved in modern genre cinema.
The film has made an indelible mark on popular culture, spawning a slew of remakes, reimaginations and imitators, but none come close to the power of Nakata’s original masterpiece, which melded traditional Japanese folklore with contemporary anxieties about the spread of technology.
Come and see where it all began with this chilling classic back on the big screen at last.
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