Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox
Plot: Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life.
Long before the movie premiered, the killer video was used as a commercial. The commercial did not mention any movie for nearly a month.
The tree with the fiery red leaves featured in the movie is a Japanese maple. The fruit of this tree is known as a "samara."
Although the meaning of the title "The Ring" is ambiguous. Kôji Suzuki, the author of the novel upon which the movies are based, says that the title referred to the cyclical nature of the curse, since, for the viewer to survive after watching it, the video tape must be copied and passed around over and over.
The success of The Ring (2002) at the box-office paved the way for several more American remakes of Japanese horror films including The Grudge (2004), Dark Water (2005), Pulse (2006), and One Missed Call (2008).
The role of Rachel was first offered to Jennifer Connelly (who would later star in another Japanese horror remake Dark Water (2005)). The script was then offered to Jennifer Love Hewitt, to Gwyneth Paltrow, to Kate Beckinsale, and finally to Naomi Watts.
Subtle images of circles in various forms, such as the designs on the doctor's sweater, the shower drain and Rachel's apartment number, appear throughout the movie.
When Rachel is looking off her balcony at the units of other residents, she focuses on one apartment containing a seated man with his left leg in a cast. This recalls Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954), in which Jimmy Stewart, with his left leg in a cast, peers into his neighbors' apartments.
Midway through the movie Rachel rents some movies and gets laughs from one of the employees over her picks. This led to an alternate ending, in which Rachel put the cursed tape in the sleeve for one of her rented movies and returned it to the store, where it ended up under "employee picks."