The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. It went on to become Japan’s No. 1 horror film. The film franchise is set to receive a sequel entitled in Sadako which is set to premiere in Japan on May 24, 2019.
The film stars Hiroya Shimizu who plays the role of a video creator. He spreads Sadako’s curse after posting a certain video on a video streaming website.
It has been revealed that hugely popular Japanese YouTubers Mizutamari Bond will make an appearance in the film.
Mizutamari Bond are a comedy duo on YouTube consisting of Kanta and Tommy. They first began posting videos in 2015 and have since gone on to garner almost 4 million subscribers. They produce a variety of different videos daily, from pranks to experiments to exploring urban legends. Their fried rice prank video which was posted in January has clocked 9.5 million views and even featured on TIME’s website.
Kanta and Tommy will play themselves in Sadako. While they are watching content from another creator, they will discover something strange in the video. We will get to see the spread of Sadako’s curse across the video streaming platform.
Both Kanta and Tommy gave comments on being involved with the film. Kanta said: “I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to be involved with such a historical film as this. I shuddered when I first saw the cursed tape as a child. Sadako finely traumatised me. I’m happy that Nakata is bringing Sadako to modern society by changing it from a tape to an online video. It’s because we’re so familiar them that makes it scary, and if you love in Japan, it’s scary because of the way Japanese houses are laid out and how Japanese-style rooms are. Sadako can come in many forms and is scary in whatever time she appears. This is a really fantastic film.”
Tommy commented: “I never thought a day would come where I would appear in a national horror movie like Sadako. I was also really happy that it came when it did as the subject matter is what I do as my job. I definitely want all the kids of the younger generation who are using the net to watch this film. It’s really scary, but in one viewing I also think it’s a fantastic film.”
The film’s director Hideo Nakata also spoke about having Kanta and Tommy involved. He said: “The scene where both of them appear went unbelievably smoothly, as expected of such big YouTubers. They were lively in front of the camera. Their ability to talk so casually [in front of it] is their forte. We shot on location, so the middle school kids on their way back from cram school spotted them. The setting is that they are watching a―street-style?―type of video which we made by learning from watching others. They praised us enthusiastically for out efforts and said ‘With this you’ll be able to hit a million views!’ [laughs] We were overjoyed to hear that. There’s also a part where a shot from the cursed tape appears on their smartphone…
©2019 Sadako Production Committee
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Official Website: https://sadako-movie.jp/
Mizutamari Bond Official YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpOjLndjOqMoffA-fr8cbKA
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