A new teaser for Tsutomu Hanabusa’s Sadako 3D 2 has been uploaded to the Cinema Cinema Today channel on YouTube.
In addition, more details have emerged about how the plot of the sequel connects to the original Sadako 3D, which earned 1.5 billion yen at the box office last year, and to the rest of the Ring series.
The teaser begins with lead actress Miori Takimoto on the floor looking terrified. During a sequence of mysterious shots involving a little girl, Koji Seto appears on-screen, confirming his character Takanori Ando’s return for the sequel.
After a series of mysterious shots, the phrase “A child is born” appear and Takimoto’s character says “Sadako…”
The film is set 5 years after the events of Sadako 3D, when a series of sudden unexplained deaths revealed the existence of a “video curse”. Akane Ayukawa (Satomi Ishihara) gave birth to a daughter named Nagi (Kokoro Hirasawa) four years ago, but died soon after. Takanori subsequently quit his job and began living a life of retirement, but kept his past a secret from his younger sister, Fuuko (Takimoto).
The character of Takanori actually first appeared in the 1998 film Rasen, having been resurrected as a clone by Sadako with the help of his father Mitsuo Ando. It’s a seemingly important fact that wasn’t really referenced at all in Sadako 3D, aside from Seto mentioning it himself at one of the promotional events. However, the continued use of the words “gene”, “virus”, and “loop” in the promotional materials for this sequel suggests a return to the pseudo-scientific themes introduced in Rasen. It stands to reason that Takanori’s origin will loom large this time around.
Fans can find out just what the heck is going on when “Sadako 3D 2” is released in Japan on August 30, 2013.