Originally posted by: Caliban
I heard that the japanese version is much scarier. Does that have any truth to it?
Well, I have only seen one of the Japanese movies (The Ring is a 3 part trilogy, but only one made it to the US so far. I saw the one that was ported in both English and Japanese). My take on the differences are these:
The Japanese version doesn't have as good of... style, which leads it to be rather cheap in its overall package. However, the plotline is much more coherent. What I got from the American version by reading between the lines was told directly in the Japanese version.
The American version has a much better presentation, with better contrast on some of the characters, and much better acting on the part of the girl in Termin8's avatar. Overall, the characters just seemed better, and the package was much nicer. Like I said though, the plot is a little sketchy, leaving some viewers confused with the story. I personally didn't have that problem, but it seems that a lot of viewers couldn't figure out what was going on in parts.