Before "The Ring," there was "Ringu," the 1998 Japanese film about the video tape that kills.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, "Ringu" comes to McMindes Hall at Fort Hays State University as the next presentation in FHSU's International Film Festival. The film, free and open to the public, runs from 7-9 p.m. in McMindes' East Living Room.
The Japanese film, with English subtitles, tells the story of a skeptical television employee who discovers an unlabeled tape that is said to kill those who view it -- unless the viewer can unlock the mystery within the tape. The TV employee discovers the tape after her cousin watches it and dies. She soon pulls in her ex-husband and nephew into solving the mystery before they all die.
American viewers who have seen "Ringu" report that the exotic Japanese settings and film techniques add to the mystery and suspense. The Japanese subtitles also inadvertently serve to make add impact to the special effects.
The International Film Festival is sponsored by FHSU's International Student Union and Student Residential Life.