Rasen

"Weak"

Rasen Review


"Ringu" doesn't mean anything. It's simply a Japanese approximation of the sound a phone makes. I'm not sure what "Rasen," the sequel to Ringu means, but in America, it's a dried grape.

Hustled out the same year as the wildly successful Ringu, Rasen was only the first attempt at a follow-up sequel. It picks up where the original left off, focusing on the investigation into the bizarre deaths we thought we had figured out in the original. Surprise: There's no ghost or spirit, really. It's all a virus that makes you see terrible things before you die. (Never mind that you can avoid getting whacked if you show a videotape to someone else.)

There's more to it, and Rasen is content to focus on pseudo-scientific jibberish in an earnest, yet wholly unsuccessful, attempt to explain away all the metaphysical goings-on as being rooted in science. Sounds fishy, and audiences didn't like the idea either. Rasen bombed, and believe it or not, the studio rushed out Ringu 2 the same year (total count: 3 movies), a film which pretends that Rasen never existed. Probably not a bad move.

Rasen isn't an awful movie, but it's hardly a good one. Most of the film takes place in the lab and under the microscope, and the creepy mystery of Ringu is all but gone in this clinical sequel. The difference is like Maxim vs. Scientific American. You just can't follow up one with the other.

You can get the entire Ringu set of four films in a single box set, "Anthology of Terror."

Ak Ring 2: Spiral.



Rasen

Facts and Figures

Run time: 97 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 31st January 1998

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

IMDB: 5.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Jôji Iida

Starring: as Mitsuo Ando, as Mai Takano, as Sadako Yamamura, as Miyashita, Shigemitsu Ogi as Maekawa Keibuho, as Yoshino, Daisuke Ban as Heihachirô Ikuma, Naoaki Manabe as Kobayashi, Naoto Adachi as Funakoshi, Eri Kakurai as Rieko Andô, Ryûichi Sugahara as Takanori Andô, Masanobu Yada as Junsa Buchô, Ryûma Uchida as Kansatsui Joshu, Chû Takatsuki as Kirokui, Kôzô Satô as Shashin Gakari, Tomohiro Okada as Kaibô Joshu, Suguru Kamioki as Kaibô Joshu, Yoshiyuki Tanno as Keikan, as Ryûji Takayama, Hiroshi Shimizu as Keikan

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

Advertisement
The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite...

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.