Back in 1998 the Japanese horror film Ringu, or Ring, was released. It was directed by Hideo Nakata and based on author Koji Suzuki‘s 1991 novel of the same name, which was the first in a series of books. Multiple adaptations of Suzuki’s stories have come and gone over the years, including Ringu 2/Ring 2 (also directed by Nakata) in 1999. The tales inspired an American version, 2002’s The Ring, which was followed by The Ring Two (once again directed by Nakata) in 2005, and Rings in 2017.
Now Nakata is back for another round. The latest entry in the series is titled Sadako—named after the primary antagonist of the series (known to fans here in the States as Samara)—and a trailer for the movie was recently shared. You can find more info and give the trailer a watch below.
Sadako is set to play at Fantasia Fest 2019. Here’s what was shared about the film on the festival’s official website:
In 1998, Sadako, one of the most frightening contemporary horror film characters, burst through screens and began haunting the dreams of filmgoers all over the world. Taken from universe of novelist Koji Suzuki, the “Japanese Stephen King”, and refined by filmmaker Hideo Nakata, this vengeful wraith caused the film RINGU to influence the entire genre for over a decade, in the East as well as the West. For his return to the helm of the franchise, Nakata has decided to double the stakes by adding a second Sadako to the mix…
A young girl with amnesia is admitted to a Tokyo hospital’s psychiatric wing. Raised in secrecy, she barely managed to survive a fire started by her mother who, because of the former’s telekinetic powers, believed her to be the reincarnated Sadako. Psychologist Mayu Akikawa quickly grows fond of her, seeing herself reflected in her solitary past, a lifetime of loneliness. Meanwhile, Mayu’s brother Kazuma, a producer of absurd online videos, attempts to boost his viewership by broadcasting an excursion into the burned ruins of the girl’s house, when he suddenly disappears. Alarmed by the last-seen images of her only family and by several supernatural events linking her new patient to Sadako’s curse, Mayu sets off in search of Kazuma.
With its chilling sound effects, killer cryptic imagery, and a mysterious tale that slowly but surely builds towards uncontrollable fear, SADAKO truly transports us back into the twisted world of the RINGU saga. However, Nakata and Suzuki renew the franchise’s mythology sufficiently to take its fans by surprise. They play with our expectations by giving us several good frights, and enhancing the picture with an effective score reminiscent of classics like SUSPIRIA and THE EXORCIST, which adds much to the atmosphere filmmakers hold dear. Fantasia greatly contributed to RINGU’s North American popularity, and is proud to be introducing Sadako’s newest torments.
– Translation: Guillaume Desbiens
Sadako is screening at Fantasia Fest 2019 tomorrow and on July 18th.