New 'Ring' Film Based On Japanese Original 'Sadako' Coming to Theaters

Director Hideo Nakata returns as well.

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An English subtitled trailer for the upcoming J-Horror film Sadako has surfaced, showcasing director Hideo Nakata from the original The Ring film in 1998 helming the franchise once again. Following the release of Sadako vs. Kayako (The Ring vs. The Grudge), this installment of The Ring films is a soft reboot for the franchise entirely.

The movie’s website describes the plot, stating:

“The film will star Elaiza Ikeda as the main character Mayu Akigawa, a psychology counselor who gets involved in an incident with Yusuke Ishida, played by Takashi Tsukamoto, who will try to fix it. Hiroya Shimizu will play the part of Mayu’s younger brother Kazuma Akigawa who becomes a YouTuber to try and awaken Sadako’s curse. Himeka Himejima will play Jinko, a mysterious girl who lost her memory and is taken in at the hospital Mayu works at. Renn Kiriyama will play Mayu’s colleague Minori Fujii.”

The franchise has spun off into several sequels as a property split between North America and Asia, the former stemming from The Ring‘s 2002 remake starring Naomi Watts. The most recent sequel from America was Rings, which released in 2017.

Check out the footage above, then catch Sadako when it finally arrives in North America this month at the Fantasia Film Festival.

In other entertainment news, Netflix is turning Ju-On: The Grudge into a series.

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