Sleepless Nights Abound: Sadako Is Now Screening in Cinemas

Better turn off your TV.

( Some spooks die hard and if you're one to easily get scared, chances are you've slept with the light on for days on end. Take, for example, the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which follows the story of a haunted videotape that causes the viewer's death seven days after the first watch. Anyone who's seen it likely had to move their TV out of their bedroom to get some decent shut-eye. And just in time for Halloween, the 2019 film Sadako, which continues the lore, is screening in cinemas nationwide starting October 30.

Older variations on Sadako's story usually have her emerging from a television screen, but the newest version will have you looking warily at your computer screen, too. The 2019 edition of the familiar curse stars Elaiza Ikeda as Mayu Akikawa, a counselor who now takes care of a mysterious girl with amnesia. Her younger brother, Kazuma Akikawa (Hiroya Shimizu), is a wanna-be YouTube star who visits an abandoned apartment after it's been mysteriously burned down. As he investigates and records his exploration, a white figure with dark hair appears, and Kazuma vanishes. Slowly, Mayu's daily life gets plagued by visions, strange occurrences, and the looming presence of the girl with dark hair.


Sadako screens in cinemas nationwide starting October 30.

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