* For an international hit, little is actually done to make the movie work for other countries. The family has a very Japanese house for the funeral and the place where the student went is a hot springs.
* There is actually very little freaky stuff for most of the movie. It is all about the idea of trying to solve the mystery within the week-long time-span.
* If you are watching this for some freaky kills, you have to wait until the end. Make due with the few bodies found with gaping mouths though.
This movie is good, but it is not exactly breaking the mold of the J-Horror genre. To be fair, this is one of those benchmark films that should be viewed on its own and not on what films ripped elements off it off later. They do a great job of setting up the tape as being a freaky thing and the girl as being some menacing figure. The aspects of the video itself are actually surprisingly-subtle. Unlike the American film, you don't really get any crazy stuff until the end. The film is a bit slow at certain parts, but that is because it chooses to focus on the drama of the characters. I can't really fault a film for trying to give me characters with depth, but there is a balance somewhere. Ultimately, does it matter if they used to be married? There is a plot involving an evil demon girl just around the corner- hop to it! If you go into the film expecting a film that is full of jump scares and gore, look elsewhere.
*Up next, the Korean remake of the film. Hey, it is based on a book, you know! Stay tuned...