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Director: Hideo Nakata Run Time: 95 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1998 Language: Japanese with English subtitles

Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato

When you think of Japanese horror, chances are that the first film that comes to mind is Hideo Nakata’s brilliant and game-changing Ringu, with its cursed videotape, doom-laden phone calls, and all-timer ending. A major part of the BHFF’s documentary inclusion The J-Horror Virus, the film holds up as one of the scariest ever made, inspiring Gore Verbinski’s hugely popular American remake and turning Nakata into horror royalty. Toast to the film’s enduring 25-year legacy with Brooklyn Horror as we screen the American Genre Film Archive’s 4k restoration. —Matt Barone