Ring's Sadako Tells Filmgoers to Turn Phones On in Latest Trailer

posted on 2013-07-03 21:15 EDT by Egan Loo
Miori Takamoto stars in horror film sequel with TVXQ song, "smartphone 4D"

Kadokawa began streaming the full trailer for the Sadako 3D 2 sequel on Thursday. The trailer features the theme song "Scream" by the South Korean group TVXQ.

The sequel is set several years after Sadako 3D, and it will reveal the new film series' connection with the earlier Ring and Rasen films, as well as the true intentions of the resurrected Sadako. Sadako herself will appear in the sequel alongside a new female protagonist (Miori Takimoto). The key to the story is a certain girl born with Sadako's genes.

The new film was shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D, and Kadokawa is promoting a "Smartphone 4D" feature in which the film interacts with moviegoers' smartphones. (In the trailer, Sadako encourages people to turn on their phones during the movie.) People who download an app before the film will get phone calls from Sadako during the film and even immediately after.

In this popular horror franchise, Sadako is the vengeful ghost of the daughter of a famous psychic. She is connected to a cursed video tape featuring a collection of disturbing images; those who watch the tape are killed one week later.

Koji Suzuki, the author of the original novel series that inspired the franchise, wrote the sequel film, and Tsutomu Hanabusa returned from the first Sadako 3D film to direct.

Sadako 3D 2 will open on August 30. People who reserve their seats online can get their tickets with a Mubichike (MovieTicket) Card and a limited-edition Cursed Sadako mobile phone strap.

Sadako 3D inspired several crossovers with Hello Kitty, Sgt. Frog (Keroro Gunsō), Another, Kuruneko, and Kayoe! Chūgaku. The film also spawned 4D screenings, Sadako's first pitch at a ballgame, and a parade of Sadako marching through Tokyo.

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