some thought about "Ring"/Cannes Festival Selection/a question

Christophe CRISON ccrison at
Thu Apr 19 09:43:16 EDT 2001

"Ring" has just been released in Paris with great and unusual publicity for 
a japanese movie, maybe because Paris hosts a large asian community, and 
maybe because the press has always been positive about recent japanese 
movies (After Life, Cure...).

I found the movie very interesting in its attempt to modernize the urban 
legend. The video tape sequence is very frightening, and for french TV 
viewers, it may recall them a short film serie called "les documents 
interdits". It used very effectively so-called "real footage" about 
paranormal events. It was aired almost ten years ago...

One critic though, Nakata Hideo's direction is good and low profile, but I 
found the actors somehow lacking dimension (especially the female journalist 
that almost has the same expression on her face throughout the movie). 
Anyway, I would be interested to know your opinion on this one, and also the 
sequels and Korean remake.


Aoyama Shinji's "Desert Moon" and Kore-eda Hirokazu's "Distance", both will 
compete at Cannes Festival this may.


One more thing : can anyone tell me if these two books are valuable :

Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia : The Sex Films
by Thomas Weisser, Yuko Mihara Weisser, Naomi Tani

Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: Horror Fantasy and SciFi Films
by Thomas Weisser, Yuko Mihara Weisser, Oliver Stone

Christophe Crison
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