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In 1998, a mysterious video showing a girl coming out of a well made us all fearful of what we watch on our television screens. It's been over a decade since that long-haired girl haunted our movie screens, and now, it's time for a new generation to discover what the legendary Sadako is all about with Sadako 3D. The world has become a much different place since the first Ring film, as we are surrounded by screens everywhere we go. Novelist Suzuki Koji and writer-director Hanabusa Tsutomu both manage to take advantage of modern technology, creating a new Sadako who can reach her victim via any screen – including the one on your cell phone! In another display of modern technology, Sadako 3D is also the first film in the Ring series to be shot in 3D, putting audiences closer to Sadako than ever before!

An Internet video showing a suicide has been linked to two mysterious suicides, prompting rumors that the video itself is cursed. Schoolteacher Akane (Ishihara Satomi) begins to investigate the rumors because one of the two suicides involves her student. She discovers that the video was created by an artist intent on bringing Sadako and her evil power back into the world. After escaping an attack by Sadako, Akane remembers an incident from her high school days and realizes that she has a unique ability that will give her the power to defeat the well-dwelling spirit.

Note: 3D television, 3D Blu-ray player, and 3D glasses are required to view the 3D version of the film.

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Product Title: Sadako (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 貞子 (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 贞子 (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (中英文字幕) (香港版) 貞子3D Sadako (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ishihara Satomi (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Yamamoto Yusuke (Actor) | Takahashi Tsutomu | Tayama Shigenari (Actor) | Seto Koji (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) 石原聰美 (Actor) | 橋本愛 (Actor) | 山本裕典 (Actor) | 高橋努 | 田山涼成 (Actor) | 瀨戶康史 (Actor) | 染谷將太 (Actor) 石原聪美 (Actor) | 桥本爱 (Actor) | Yamamoto Yusuke (Actor) | 高桥努 | 田山凉成 (Actor) | 濑户康史 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) 石原さとみ (Actor) | 橋本愛 (Actor) | 山本裕典 (Actor) | タカハシ ツトム | 田山涼成 (Actor) | 瀬戸康史 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 高良光莉 (Actor) Ishihara Satomi (Actor) | Hashimoto Ai (Actor) | Yamamoto Yusuke (Actor) | Takahashi Tsutomu | Tayama Shigenari (Actor) | Seto Koji (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor)
Director: Hanabusa Tsutomu 英勉 英勉 英勉 Hanabusa Tsutomu
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2012-11-01
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: IIB
Duration: 96 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031808784

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Director: Hanabusa Tsutomu

Akane is a high school teacher who hears a rumor from her students that there is footage on the internet of someone’s suicide. The footage is said to drive anyone who sees it to commit suicide also. Akane does not believe the rumor at first, but when one of her students dies after viewing the footage, she and her boyfriend Takanori are fatefully drawn into the horror that has been created by the man who appears in the suicide footage. Kashiwada. Kashiwada’s intention is to create chaos in the world by bringing back Sadako and the power of her curse. Now Akane has to fight against Sadako and Kashiwada to save the lives of herself and Takanori!
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Professional Review of "Sadako (2012) (Blu-ray) (2D + 3D) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

November 27, 2012

Has it really been nigh on 15 years since the world of horror was changed by a small girl with long black hair and a dirty white dress crawling out of a television set? Apparently so, though the influence of Hideo Nakata's classic Ring is still clearly felt in the genre worldwide, and the series now sees its fifth entry in Sadako released to cinemas with a 3D gimmick. The film was written and directed by Hanabusa Tsutomu (The Handsome Suit), based on the new novel by original Ring author Suzuki Koji, and updates the formula to modern times and technology, Sadako now haunting victims via the internet and smartphones.

Popular television actress Ishihara Satomi, recently in Hideo Nakata's The Incite Mill stars as a schoolteacher called Akane, who overhears her students gossiping about a mysterious internet video which drives its viewers to suicide. After one of the girls apparently kills herself, Akane decides to investigate, discovering that the video was made by a now dead online artist called Kashiwada (Yamamoto Yusuke, Ouran High School Host Club), who was intent on resurrecting the well-lurking Sadako (Hashimoto Ai, Confessions). Things get personal when her boyfriend Takanori (Singer and actor Seto Koji, Runway Beat) is spirited away, though thankfully Akane is possessed of a power that might help defeat the troublesome ghoul for once and for all.

As a fourth sequel and possible reboot, Sadako was always going to have an uphill struggle, and so it's perhaps not too much of a surprise that the film was largely met with critical disdain on its release. Certainly, the formula is very familiar now, having been copied by countless genre knock offs from Asia and Hollywood alike, and for the first half hour or so things don't seem too promising, the film coming across like little more than a half hearted update with a likeable though predictably youth-friendly cast. Matters aren't helped by a focus on jump scares, which though quite entertaining in their own way pale in comparison to the creeping, depressing dread of Nakata's original and suffer from some poor quality computer effects work, the 3D clutching largely being lame and inadvertently amusing. The film also lacks focus, Akane making for a pretty weak protagonist, leaving most of the investigative work to the police, Sadako herself not getting much to do, and Kashiwada's stupid scheme smacking heavily of emo-whining.

Thankfully, things pick up around the half way mark, and the film heads off in a pleasingly bizarre direction, that while making little sense is faithful to the essential weirdness of Suzuki Koji's source novels. Though again this takes things further away from Ring and into oddball creature feature territory, it's all quite fun, and arguably preferable to yet another inevitable investigation leading to the same old well. Though not exactly frightening, the film's later stages pack in plenty of action and a handful of memorable set pieces, bolstered somewhat by a few flashes of gore and creatively strange moments. Hanabusa Tsutomu does a decent enough job as writer and director, making good use of the new technology angle (even if iPhones are suspiciously prominent throughout), and whilst by now such themes and tricks are hardly new, the film gets a good amount of mileage out of the omnipresence of screens, giving Sadako lots of excuses to lunge and grab. This helps to keep things running at a fair pace through its wisely short running time, and once it gets going, the film is certainly never dull - although it doesn't add anything other than further confusion, viewers should also stick around for the post credits scene.

While it doesn't come close to replicating the effectiveness and chilling atmosphere of the original Ring (something which Hideo Nakata himself has similarly failed to do in his career since), Sadako is nevertheless quite enjoyable. Approached with adjusted expectations and an open mind, it stands as an acceptable entry in the uneven and frequently daft franchise, and though it's hard to imagine it birthing a new generation of Sadako fans, the film should go down well enough with anyone looking for a bit of old fashioned modern Asian ghost action.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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