the Ring cursed video

Scenes: Table of contents, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Table of contents

Abstr./Concr. No. Short description Duration

Concrete

1 View of night sky from the well 7 sec.

Concrete

2 Switching mirror sequence 10 sec.

Abstract

3 Undulating, impenetrable sea of kanjis 3 sec.

Abstract

4 The shamblers 7 sec.

Abstract

5 The man with the towel on his head 7 sec.

Abstract

6 The eye with the kanji "SADA" in reverse 4 sec.

Concrete

7 The well 7 sec.

Total running time: 44 sec.
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Scene 1: Moon-like view from the well. It's what Sadako saw, when looking upside from the well. The face is of her father, professor Ikuma Heihachiro, who in this version, was who tossed her into the well.
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Scene 2: The mirror sequence. For the first 5 seconds, we see Sadako's mother, Yamamura Shizuko, brushing her hair. The mirror is on the left side of the wall. Then, the mirror very quickly moves to the right part of the wall, and in it, we see the reflection of Sadako - this part last for 1 second. For the next 4 seconds, the mirror returns to its original position, and we can see Shizuko again, this time turned to the right, and smiling. This is, as it's explained in Ring 2, the concrete memory of an actual event in Sadako's life - her mother was slowly going insane, so once, when she was brushing her hair in front of the mirror (she did it almost constantly), Sadako approached her, and as a childly prank, she (with her mental powers) switched the mirror's position.
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Scene 3: An undulating, impenetrable sea of kanjis, used in the Japanese language. The rightmost kanjis read yama ga funka, which means eruption of mountain. It's a jumbled version of a newspaper article, which we see unjumbled later in the movie. The complete article says Miharayama ga funka (Mt. Mihara erupts), followed by Local reisdents urged to take precautions and smaller, related article, saying Did young girl predict eruption? A local girl, from the Sashikiji prefecture... Oh well, the same as in the Ring novel or in Ring: Kanzenban - Shizuko threw herself into Mt. Mihara after being branded a fraud at the demonstation, held by professor Ikuma Heihachiro. But in this movie - it was Shizuko, who predicted the eruption of Mt. Mihara (thus Ryuji's lines: According to him (the Oshima correspondent of the TV station Asakawa Reiko was working for), the woman who predicted the eruption is the same woman from the video."). Also, there is one additional decipherable word here: local (on a studio TV screen, the word residents can also be deciphered).
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Scene 4: The shamblers. They are either the victims of the eruption of mt. Mihara or a re-representation of the "countless faces" scene in the cursed video in Ring novel or Ring: Kanzenban.
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Scene 5: The Towel Man. Probably the most famous scene in the Ring cursed video. This man is either the same Towel Man Sadako saw in her childhood, when, in an ecstatic state, she saked her mother, who her father is (it's possible - the sea in the background), or T˘yama Hiroshi, Sadako's lover from the Hisho Acting Troupe (he died on the cliff after having seen the re-joining of the small evil and big good Sadako twins), or a foreseen vision of Takayama Ryuji, who actually apprares as the Towel Man at the end of the movie - to point towards Asakawa Reiko's bag and thus enlightening her, that what she did and he didn't was - she copied the tape and showed it to someone else. The Towel Man also has a hidden message - if you listend to the sound of this scene, while playing it extra slowly, you can hear the words sh˘mon bakkari - to, b˘kon ga kuru zo (note: the word shite'ru is missing, don't know, why) - the line means: if you keep playing in the water, the monster will come for you, and it's in the dialect of Oshima.
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Scene 6: A weird, alien-looking eye with the sada kanji in reverse inside it. As I already explained in the scene-by-scene analysis of the Ring: Kanzenban cursed video, sada is the first part of the name Sadako, sada means chastity, and Sadako means chaste child.
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Scene 7: The Well. Well... not much to explain about this scene, except for - it's the last scene the cursed people see before they die. They see the well, then Sadako crawls out of the well, then she crawls out of the TV, approaches them, and shows THE EYE, which scares the victims to death (actually, THE EYE is what kills the victims). This ending scene is unique to this version of Ring (and subsequent remakes) - the director Nakata Hideo credited the '80's movie Videodrome for it.
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