The Ring Virus

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The Ring Virus
The Ring Virus.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byKim Dong-bin
Produced byJonathan Kim
Written byKim Dong-bin
Based onRing 
by Kôji Suzuki
StarringShin Eun-kyung
Lee Seung-hyeon
Jung Jin-young
Music byIl Won
CinematographyHwang Chul-hyun
Edited byKyung Min-ho
Release dates12 June 1999
Running time108 min.
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean
 
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The Ring Virus
The Ring Virus.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byKim Dong-bin
Produced byJonathan Kim
Written byKim Dong-bin
Based onRing 
by Kôji Suzuki
StarringShin Eun-kyung
Lee Seung-hyeon
Jung Jin-young
Music byIl Won
CinematographyHwang Chul-hyun
Edited byKyung Min-ho
Release dates12 June 1999
Running time108 min.
CountrySouth Korea
LanguageKorean

The Ring Virus (Hangul: ; lit. "Ring") is a South Korean horror film adapted from the Japanese novel Ring by Koji Suzuki. A joint project between Japan and Korea, this version has Park Eun-Suh as the creator of the cursed videotape. Although the filmmakers claimed that the film was adapted from the novel, there are various scenes in the film that match the 1998 film Ring, such as the sex of the lead character, some of the scenes on the videotape as well as copying other film scenes directly from the original film, including the film's climax.

Plot[edit]

Followed by the death of her friends, journalist Hong Sun-Joo comes across a videotape containing incomprehensible images. Towards the end of the tape, she finds the curse which states that the viewer would die at the same time next week if he/she does not perform certain tasks. However, the next scene explaining the nature of the task has been erased. Sun-Joo and a doctor named Choi-Yul embark on a journey to break the curse placed upon them. They discover that the videotape was made by the psychic called Park Eun-Suh. Eun-Suh was an illegitimate daughter of a female psychic and was born a hermaphrodite. She was romantically involved with her half-brother and worked in a night club for a while. There, a man who found out about her secrets was killed as she had the uncanny ability to protect herself. The video tape is the medium Eun-Suh uses to reveal herself to the society. Her first exposure to the media was a painful experience, which caused her to withdraw from the outside world. When it became difficult for her to relate to the society, she retaliated by infiltrating it like a virus. The way of infiltration is one-way only and any attempt to block the process ends in extremely negative consequences.

Differences between film and book[edit]

As opposed to the Japanese adaptation Ring, this movie more closely follows Koji Suzuki's storyline, while keeping some elements first introduced with Ring.

Similarities between film and book[edit]

There are similarities between this film and the novel that contrast with Hideo Nakata's adaptation.

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