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Film remakes are usually reinterpretations. Gore Verbinski’s “The Ring” (2002) has not only a different location (Pacific Northwest) but a different story line and mythology from Hideo Nakata’s original “Ring (Ringu)” (1998).

The classic Japanese ghost stories about vengeful female spooks that inspired the scares in “Ring” didn’t quite translate to the remake’s American context. Verbinski and his collaborators found effective enough solutions to this problem — “The Ring” was a scary film — but they also lost something in the translation.

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