"The transference of fear doesn't make it to the viewer."
Disappointing follow-up to the Japanese chiller, similarly directed by Hideo Nakata, this time dealing mostly in the transference of fear, from Sadaka to the journalist’s young son Yoichi.The gimmick of the curse spreading through a viewing of the videotape is nearly eliminated altogether, traded in for a slow-paced character study of the supernatural abilities Yoichi inherits from the creepy little girl, turning this into a dull and muddled offspring of The Omen. Ring itself was considerably a slow-going film, but throughout it was bolstered by a creepy atmosphere matched by the inexplicability of events, and ultimately, the mystery of what was behind it. Nakata is unable to manipulate any tension or atmosphere insofar as at most times it isn’t very clear what any of the motivations are. And the absence of any real threat, Yoichi unable to go tooth-to-tooth with his evil predecessor, keeps this at a consistent flatline. (Simultaneously released with Rasen, or The Spiral, produced by the same company as a secondary sequel “stressing the scientific over the supernatural,” as according to Ringworld.com.) With Miki Nakatani, Rikiya Otaka, Nanako Matsushima, and Hiroyuki Sanada.[Not to be bothered with.]