Ring is a 2019 American-Japanese Horror film written by Cary Fukunaga & Yoko Ono. A reboot of the 1998 Hideo Nakata Japanese Horror film Ringu and the 2002 Gore Verbinski recalibration The Ring. Directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Tyler Posey, Maki Horikita, Shun Oguri, Kal Penn, Hiroyuki Sanada and Anne Winters.
Original director Hideo Nakata serves as an executive producer, distributed by Blumhouse Pictures and the fifth Horrorverse instalment.
Principal photography took place almost entirely in Japan with additional American shooting and the film was released theatrically and in IMAX select theatres on January 24th, 2019 to mixed to positive reception.
Three of five American tourists in Tokyo, Japan: Jenny Luton, Will Adon and Austin Matthews are discovered dead under mysterious, disfigured circumstances in a waterlogged basement of their Japanese host Shizuko Yamamura.
Young Latino-American Kyoto detective Sebastián Lora investigates and discovers the connection of all the group having watching a cursed VHS tape, that the two remaining of the group: Vanessa and Devon had destroyed after watching the tape in the two day period following the rest.
Devon being Sebastián's ex-boyfriend before moving to Japan with his new girlfriend Danni prompts Detective Lora to immediately push into the mystery of the aforementioned killer video. He looks into crime scene occupant and discoverer of the bodies Ved Ragash, a videographer who informs the tape contains the attached onryō of Sadako Sasaki: a girl who died at the hands of her foster parents in the Mountains of Mihara.
As Vanessa prepares to leave Japan, with her parents collecting her, Sadako appears in the airport bathroom and drowns her in a flooding and disintegrating room.
The others prepare for a trip toward Mount Mihara to on Ragash's suggestion bury the undiscovered body of Sadako. Ragash reveals he too has already seen the tape and has the same time frame as Devon to escape. Shizuko's laptop is utilised by Sadako to release the tape to the internet and reach mass effect.
Shizuko is unable to warn the others, as having seen the tape within the cycle of time Vanessa had, she is killed as Sadako emerges in the above ground pool outside and claims her.
The rest come the province of Mihara underneath the Mountain, learning of Sadako's adoptive mother & murderer Fujiko's suicide following her disposal of her, in their farm's storm well. Sebastián shares a tender moment with Devon, who has a boyfriend waiting for him back in the States, and not needing to run away from himself anymore.
Ragash the Sasaki farmhouse's new occupant Aika Royoshi, who has been experiencing supernatural phenomena akin to discovering the initial tape of Sadako accompanies him to see Sadako's psychiatrist Dr. Ikuma, who is revealed to have been physically and sexually abusive of her. In Ikuma's psychiatric ward Sadako manifests from the courtyard outside well (the well actually containing her remains).
Sadako floods and burns the hospital killing Ikuma and Ragash. She then possesses Aika and proceeds back to the Sasaki farm where she confronts Devon and Lora's partner Mugatu, killing them both as Sebastián and Danni reach the hospital and retrieve Sadako's body from the courtyard well.
Returning back to the Sasaki farm they discover Mugatu and Devon's bodies, Sebastián becoming trapped in the well in the paddock and Danni fending for her life against the possessed Aika in the house. She is eventually able to stab Aika in self-defence, killing her and releasing her of Sadako. She pulls Sebastián from the well and the two perform an official burial of Sadako's remains, overseen by Ragash's Mihara contact Ita Lazagawi: a mountain priestess.
Due to Shizuko's upload of the copy, despite Sadako's proper burial and the destruction of the original tape found in Aika's house and Devon and the group's copy, Sadako materialises in Chicago, Illinois from the Lindholm's living room flatscreen advances the couple, forcing Mrs. Lindholm to take refuge in their upstairs master bedroom.
- Tyler Posey as Sebastián Lora
- Maki Horikita as Aika Royoshi
- Shun Oguri as Ita Lazagawi
- Anne Winters as Danni Lindholm
- Kal Penn as Videographer Ved Ragash
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Detective Li Mugatu
- KJ Apa as Devon Cunningham
- Julia Ling as Sadako Sasaki
- Shima Iwashita as Fujiko Sasaki
- Tadanobu Asano as Dr. Ikuma
- Rila Fukushima as Shizuko Yamamura
- Ariane Rinehart as Vanessa Lindholm
- Zoe Graham as Jenny Luton
- Evan Crooks as Will Adon
- Jansen Panettiere as Austin Matthews