Sadako trailer: Original Ring director Hideo Nakata returns to the franchise with another film

Sadako (2019)
Dir: Hideo Nakata | Cast: Elaiza Ikeda, Himeka Himejima, Hiroya Shimizu, Ren Kiriyama | Writers: Kôji Suzuki (novel), Noriaki Sugihara (screenplay)

Over 20 years later the original Ring is just as scary as ever and not even the mediocre sequels or awful American remakes have affected its potency. So how about another one to add to the franchise? Sadako takes its name from the woman of the well and is also directed by the original director, Hideo Nakata. Of course, Nakata was also responsible for both the sequel to the Japanese original and the sequel to the English remake, so his attachment is no guarantee of quality. It’s hard to gauge this at the moment, although just a few shots of Sadako and her long hair is enough to send those chills. Watch the trailer for Sadako above to see more.

The film will star Elaiza Ikeda as the main character Mayu Akigawa, a psychology counselor who gets involved in an incident with Yusuke Ishida, played by Takashi Tsukamoto, who will try to fix it. Hiroya Shimizu will play the part of Mayu’s younger brother Kazuma Akigawa who becomes a YouTuber to try and awaken Sadako’s curse. Himeka Himejima will play Jinko, a mysterious girl who lost her memory and is taken in at the hospital Mayu works at. Renn Kiriyama will play Mayu’s colleague Minori Fujii.

Sadako is currently in Japanese cinemas and will be making its debut in America at the Fantasia Film Festival later this month.

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