the Ring (the novel) cursed video

Scenes: Table of contents, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Table of contents

Abstr./Concr. No. Short description Duration

Abstract

1 The intro 83 sec.

Abstract

2 Red liquid 49 sec.

Concrete

3 Mt. Mihara 55 sec.

Concrete

4 Eruption of Mt. Mihara 32 sec.

Abstract

5 The yama (mountain) kanji 56 sec.

Abstract

6 Rolling dice 103 sec.

Abstract

7 Sadako's grandmother 111 sec.
Concrete 8 New-born baby 125 sec.
Abstract 9 Countless faces 117 sec.
Concrete 10 Old TV, turning on to the sada (chastity) kanji 141 sec.
Concrete 11 Nagao Jôtarô's face, followed by view of sky from the well 186 sec.
Abstract 12 The finale 132 sec.

Total running time: 1190 sec. = 19 min. 50 sec.
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Scene 1:
The intro - in the novel, the cursed video begins with a message. The message says: Watch until the very end, or you will be consumed by the dead.
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Scene 2: Red liquid. Does not have a special meaning.
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Scene 3: View of Mt. Mihara. For explanation on what Mt. Mihara means, look at the next scene (Scene 4).
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Scene 4: Mt. Mihara erupting - when Sadako was a child, she predicted the eruption of Mt. Mihara, and the prediction was later proven as true. Also, Sadako's mother, Yamamura Shizuko, after being branded a fraud at the demonstration, held by her lover/Sadako's father, professor Ikuma Heihachiro, she committed suicide by throwing herself into Mt. Mihara.
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Scene 5: The yama kanji (yama means mountain, and is the first part of Sadako's surname - Yamamura, which means mountain village). This is the very same mental image, that Sadako sent to a certain professor Miura Tetsuzo, who was a studier of the paranormal powers. As I explained before, the cursed video is Sadako's memory, more precisely, the events, that had the biggest effect on Sadako's life, so even this very image is included, as it basically "wrote" her life's story.
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Scene 6: Rolling dice. At the demonstration, held by professor Ikuma Heihachiro, Shizuko had to predict the outcome of the rolling dice, and, as Sadako was there, she memorized this scene (the cursed video is basically Sadako's memories). This is important, because on that demonstration, Sadako's mother, Yamamura Shizuko, and her father, professor Ikuma Heihachiro, were branded a fraud, thus making Sadako suffer as well.
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Scene 7: Sadako's grandmother, interrupted in the middle by the shot of a new-born baby.
What she says, is in the dialect of Izu-Oshima, and all of its versions are on The lines of Sadako's grandmother page.
What she wants to say is, that Sadako will give a birth to something, and, considering the events in Ring (or Ring: Kanzenban) and Rasen, what she gave birth to, was the Ring virus.
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Scene 8: New-born baby - Sadako's dead brother. When Sadako was around 7 or 8, her mother, Yamamura Shizuko, gave birth to another child, this time a boy, who died 4 months after, of a disease. And, this is NOT Sadako's son - Sadako had the Female Testicularization Syndrome, which means she appared on the outside as a girl, but had a male genetic structure - she also had no uterus, but fully developed testes. Just to mention, that people, who have this syndrome, are unable to conceive (as they have no uterus), so Sadako could NOT give birth.
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Scene 9: Countless faces - the reporters at Shizuko's demonstration. They're yelling sentences, such as Charlatan! and Fraud!, and they yell them at Shizuko and professor Ikuma Heihachiro.
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Scene 10: The old TV, turning on to the sada kanji (sada means chastity, and it's the first part of the name Sadako, which means chaste child) - this is a nod to the scene, described later in the story, where Shigemori, the director of the Hisho Acting Troupe, which Sadako was a member of since the age of 18 until her death, once spied Sadako practicing her nensha (thoughtography) on an old TV set, which was later discovered to have been unplugged.
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Scene 11: Nagao Jôtarô raping Sadako - unlike in Nakata's Ring or Verbinski's The Ring, here and in Ring: Kanzenban, Sadako was thrown into the well by Nagao Jôtarô, a young doctor, who watched her bedridden father (professor Ikuma Heihachiro). Nagao Jôtarô was also the last person in Japan to have been treated for smallpox. Well, what happened was, that after Nagao raped Sadako, he realized, that she had no uterus and had fully developed testes. Being that Sadako's little "secret", she telepathically sent him a message, saying I'll kill you. Nagao, being afraid, strangled her and tossed her into the well. Also, being Nagao the last person in Japan to have been treated for smallpox, by raping Sadako, he transferred the smallpox virus to her, which she, 30 years later, transferred onto the cursed video, but in a mutated form, which was - seven parts smallpox and three parts human DNA (in Rasen, Sadako's cursed tape virus impregnates Ryuji's assistant Takano Mai, who gives birth to a clone of Sadako's, which now has less prominent testes and an uterus, and Mai dies). The second part of the scene is the moon-like view from the well. It's what Sadako saw, when looking upside from the well. The face is of Nagao Jôtarô, who in this version, was who tossed her into the well.
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Scene 12: The finale (a.k.a. outro): You, who watched this tape, you are going to die in one week on this same time. There is only one way to survive. You must-, then the TV commercial, which then four dead teenagers recorded over it. The missing part of the message is: - copy the tape and show it to someone else within one week. As it's explained in Rasen, the cure to the curse was no longer to copy the video and show it to someone else, as the virus, carried by the tape, mutated, so the cursed person had to do something else to lift the curse (for example, Asakawa Kazuyuki wrote the Ring report).
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