Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

Ghost lady from an old well meets ghost lady from an old house. The battle between the two queens of J-Horror is here. Sadako vs Kayako must fight to the death. Well, they’re both dead already but you get the idea. Everybody knows Sadako and Kayako. For those who don’t, Sadako is the ghost lady from Ringu aka The Ring, and Kayako is the ghost lady from Ju-on aka The Grudge. If you’ve never heard of both movies, then I can’t help you. They have similar names, and they both need a hair cut and a bath. So who’s gonna win?

Cast: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Masanobu Ando, Runa Endo, Elly Nanami, Rintaro Shibamoto
Date Released: June 18, 2016
Synopsis by Wuxiarocks: Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) buys an old VCR machine and finds a mysterious tape. When she plays the tape, a deadly curse inflicts itself on her. To get rid of the curse, she must race against time to find an even deadlier curse to counter it. It’s curse vs curse. Can she get out of this alive?


The film opens like any other Horror films, some poor soul gets into a creepy situation.

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The first thing she finds is a dead face house owner.

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Instead of running away, this lady stays for a movie. (Terrible idea.)

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Somewhere in Japan there’s a cool University where this professor lectures ghost and curses. (How cool is this class?)

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Meet our two best friends, Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) to the right, and Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) to the left. (They clearly love this class.)

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After class, Natsumi begs Yuri to buy her a VCR machine so she can watch some old wedding tape. Yuri agrees in exchange for food.

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Meet Suzuka, (Tina Tamashiro) our next lead. Who moves into a new home with her parents.

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Right next to their new home is an old curse haunted house. (Check your neighbors before moving in.)

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Meanwhile in some junk store, Yuri and Natsumi finds an old VCR machine. (Be kind please rewind.)

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Yuri finds hair in her palm. (The price for buying junk.)

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After they set the machine up at home, they find an old tape inside. (The smart thing to do is to not watch the tape.)

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They watch the tape. (These kids I tell you.)

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That time when your friend ask to watch a movie but plays on their phone instead.

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Sadako (Elly Nanami) aka Ring lady appears. This means Natsumi has 2 days before Ring lady comes for her. (I’m gonna call her Ring lady.)

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Yuri can’t see Ring lady, cause she didn’t watch the tape. Natsumi however is done for. (The size of that VCR machine though.)

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At the junk store, this employee tells her boss she sold an old VCR with a deadly curse tape to a customer. (Worse employee of the month.)

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Of course this random employee watch the tape 2 days prior, so her time is up. (You can’t fire me, I quit!)

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Suzuka wakes up in the middle of the night with a nightmare. (This happens when you live next to a curse haunted house.)

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The next day Suzuka’s classmate gives an exposition about the curse house. (Man killed his wife and son before hanging himself.)

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Back at the junk store, our lovely customers want their money back.

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They tell the shop owner about the curse tape.

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The owner lady tells them this curse tape took an employee life recently. (No money back for you!)

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Yuri and Natsumi takes the tape to their professor. (Who would you give a curse tape to if not your teacher?)

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The professor loves the tape so much, he burns a copy to DVD. (Probably gonna sell it on eBay later.)

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To save their lives, the professor takes his students to see a Psychic-ish lady? (Soul Society represent.)

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Psychic lady pours a bucket of water down Natsumi’s throat.

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Drink girl, drink! (Just look at this lady.)

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Psychic lady gets possess by Ring lady. (As if she wasn’t crazy looking before.)

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Psychic lady chokes our Professor.

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She headbutt the Professor and turns his face into a fortune cookie.

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And she’s dead.

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Yuri gives Natsumi the tape and ask her to hand the tape back to her. By doing this, the curse is suppose to transfer over. (In theory.)

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Yuri takes one for the team and watch the tape.

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To anyone reading this, I shall pass the curse to you. (Stare at it.)

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The telephone call of death rings. (In two days, you will die.)

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This mysterious stranger walks in and takes the phone from Yuri. (I signed up for Battle Royale girl, I fear nothing.)

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Keizo (Masanobu Ando) ain’t afraid of no ghost. He destroys the phone. (When someone calls to threaten you, this is how you act.)

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Medium Keizo and his blind Psychic assistant Tamao (Mai Kikuchi) takes the curse tape away.

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Keizo and blind Psychic girl Tamao approach the old haunted house. (Straight up anime characters.)

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There’s an old well behind the old house. How convenient.

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Meanwhile, back to Suzuka. Anyone remember Suzuka? Yea, that girl no one cares about who moved in next to the haunted house. While having dinner with her parents they discuss about a group of kids who went missing recently. They were last seen in front of the creepy old house.

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Back to Yuri, her friend Natsumi confess to her about doing something dumb.

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Natsumi rips the curse tape from the DVD the Professor made and upload it online. (I knew those videos on Youtube were real!)

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Yuri demands an explanation and Natsumi tells her if she’s gonna die, she might as well take everyone along. (How rude.)

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Natsumi attempts to hang herself, but Ring lady stops her. (She wants to do the honor.)

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Ring lady feeds Natsumi a lock of hair for dinner.

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Back to Suzuka, she think those missing kids are hiding in the haunted house.

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Our haunted house resident boy greets her with open mouth.

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Suzuka’s parents hear her scream and storm into the house.

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Ghost boy Toshio (Rintaro Shibamoto) jumps on daddy’s back and gives him a neck stretch.

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Ghost lady Kayako (Runa Endo) mother of Toshio crawls out and drag Suzuka’s mom into the darkness. (Grudge lady.)

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Suzuka wakes up the next morning and see these strange people.

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Keizo tells Yuri and Suzuka in order to break their curses, they must go in the haunted house. Ring lady don’t like it when others get in the way. If Grudge lady tries to kill them, Ring lady will fight Grudge lady. (Fight poison with poison!)

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Yuri and Suzuka gets two seconds to know each other. (Nice meeting you, let’s go die.)

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The promise night arrives. Yuri and Suzuka enters the Grudge lady house and kicks back for an all girl movie night.

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Toshio looks up their skirt and enjoys the view.

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Ring lady whips out her hair and pulls the creepy ghost boy into the TV.

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Grudge lady crawls down the stairs and be like, “Who’s the ugly woman in my house!”

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Ring lady comes out of the TV and be like, “I live in a well but I have better hair than you!”

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The two ghost ladies of J-horror icon battles it out. (By battle I mean pulling each other’s hair.)

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Eat my hair!

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Yuri and Suzuka runs out and meet Keizo in the back. He explains his plan to seal Ring lady and Grudge lady. But someone needs to be sacrifice. He will need a host body to seal these two demons in so he can destroy them.

Between Yuri and Suzuka, who will be the sacrifice? I’m not telling.

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Grudge lady and Ring lady takes their fight outside. (For bone cracking moves, Grudge lady wins. For elegance, Ring lady wins.)

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They crawl and tip-toe at each other towards our heroine. She leads them both down the well in her tragic fall.

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The lid is cover. The two curses is seal.

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Or not.

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We have a winner! Who is this?

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Sorry readers, this is a pretty cool twist, so I won’t spoil it.

Here’s my overall thoughts on the movie. It’s not bad. However it’s not great either. As a horror movie it’s fine. It works as a Ring movie, but a Grudge movie, not so much. This is first and mostly a Ring movie. As you may have noticed. The movie even opens with The Ring curse incident. Though it did try to give nods to The Grudge by having a caretaker visit an elderly home. I’ll give them credit for that. Still, it’s mostly a Ring movie.

The film is titled Sadako vs. Kayako, so it should be about the fight right? Nope. The fight only lasted 30 seconds. It’s not much of a fight. This is probably the most disappointing aspect of the movie. I expected the two ladies to rip each others skin and throw each other around by the hair. It didn’t happen. Instead we get a few glimpse of them pushing each other and that’s it. Kinda like those fights in school where nothing happens.

The fight should be the main attraction. Sadly, it’s a miss opportunity.

At the end of the day, I guess this is a marriage of franchise more than a fight. Two beloved J-Horror icons coming together. The biggest take away is the neat twist at the end. It pretty much kills both franchise. In a very interesting way.

I look forward to what comes out of this in the future.

Hope you enjoy my review! Thanks for reading!

This is WuxiaRocks, flying out.

– Story: ✪✪✪
– Chemistry: ✪✪✪
– Acting: ✪✪✪½
– Directing: ✪✪✪½
– Entertainment Value: ✪✪✪½

Use this star symbol ✪✪✪✪✪. Half a star = ½

  1. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    Thanks for the review!!! I remember I was so scared when I watched them when I was little…(still is now). Finished the movie without having to watch it hahahha!!! Kayako and the little boy looks really horrifying…

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      You’re welcome! Thank you for commenting! 🙂

      Yes, it used to be scary for me too. Something about dark hair girl in white. What am I saying, it’s still creepy now! lol But yes, once you get use to it, it’s alright. Kayako is definitely creepy. At least Sadako has the decency to not show her face. 😀

  2. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    I wouldn’ click the recaps before, but I just did and I regret it *LOL*. I’m scared of horror series! I basically skimmed the pictures and tried to read the story, and still got scared with those scary ghosts *LOL* . I couldn’t read the story at all, HAHAHA ..

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      Thanks Luna for posting to let everyone know you’re scared. lol I screencap this in the middle of the night. I got to stare at the faces of these ghost ladies. They’re not so bad once you get to know them. lol

      Sorry for scaring you with the screenshots. At least you tried. Despite regretting it and all. I’ll post prettier things next time. 😀

  3. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    Thanks for the review! I read this in the dark as I was getting ready to sleep and yeah it was hella scary. A thrilling kind of scary. Lol.

    Is there going to be a sequel to this? Now I’m curious as to what happened after they jumped into that well.

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      You’re welcome chasingpolaris, and thanks for reading. (In the dark at that lol)

      I’m not sure if there’ll be a sequel, but they might. Probably will. It did well, despite not being a great film overall. The twist pretty much promise a continuation. We’ll see.

  4. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    I watched both as a teen and didn’t find either scary…the US release was even less scary. You know who is scary? My sister. She used to come check up on me in the middle of the night with her long dark hair covering her face, she goes really pale at night and is heavily vision impaired so she would stick her face really vlose to mine to check if I was sleeping and breathing and would ask me in her low rasp sleepy voice devoid of all emotion if I was asleep. I spent many a nights freaked out by her. These ghost hold nothing agaisnt my sister. Lol.

    That said I am going to check this movie out just to see the twist. I usually don’t like crossovers since they always make one better then the other. Aliens vs Predators I’m looking at you.

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      LOL. Omg. Died laughing when I read your comment, Tyn. @ “My sister.”

      I love horror movies and none of these girls are scary to me. =D My brothers, on the other hand….

      Ahh, Aliens franchise needs Ripley!!

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Hey Tyn, that’s one interesting sister you got there. lol

      I agree about the crossovers situation. It hasn’t change here. As I mention, Sadako took majority of the movie, Kayako got the short end. She barely showed up.

      The twist is nothing special, but it does open new door for future films. 🙂

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Or you get Batman vs Superman, which made both franchises look bad.

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        Oh yes, Sadako and Kayako didn’t have to deal with Martha. 😀

  5. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    Sorry I’m late Dino gege! Nice review like always~~ I try to stay from horror usually because I get nightmares easily. ? Screen caps were only a little scary and the story does sound good although it seems a little overrated with what the producers named it versus expectation. Nice review, full of all those quippy comments like always! Haha this is the main reasons why I love reading your reviews. Keep posting at it! You have a faithful supporter down here ?

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Never late Meimei! No need for apology. Thanks for the compliment as always! 🙂

      Happy to know I have such cool and faithful supporter! Makes me feel warm.

      Please continue to be awesome! 😀

  6. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    Wuxia, you had me at “they both need a hair cut and a bath” LOLOL.

    The Ring is scary! After watching it, for a while I jumped up everytime I heard a phone ring, hahaha… I always find Asian horror movies, particularly Japanese and Thai’s, much scarier than their Western counterparts.

    This said, I’m never impressed of movies mashing villains from different franchises — Freddy vs Jason, as well las Godzilla vs Kong (slated for 2020, can you believe that?). I find them silly and reduce the scary factor significantly.

    Thanks for the recap!

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Hi lenje! Thank you for commenting and you are welcome!

      I agree about Asian horror being mostly scarier than western ones. Mainly for the atmosphere. It helps that the ghost are not CG. CG ghost are usually not scary.

      I’m also in agreement about vs genre. They usually follow the same formula. Human drama in the first hour, before the monsters fight. Most time to disappointing results.

      Godzilla vs Kong (2020) though. Well, they’re just CGI. So who knows. 😀

  7. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    Hahaha, I’m dying at some of your comments! Sadako doesn’t seem so scary any more.

    This looks like one hell of a mess. Can you spoil the twist for me, pretty please (‘:

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Hey Tusu, glad you got something out of my comments. lol

      The movie is kinda a mess, but maybe because they tried to cram Grudge stuff in. They failed.

      As for the spoiler, sure! (Text in white, please highlight to see)


      Ok, so after Sadako and Kayako fell into the well, their spirits were sealed. But instead of being destroyed, their powers fuse together. They broke out of the well and became one entity. She looks like Sadako but pop dance like Kayako. Which beg some interesting questions. Like what is her name now? SaYako? And what about her abilities. I’m assuming she don’t need the curse tape anymore.

      Credit: Kappy for the white text coding skills! 😀

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        Thanks for the spoiler and shit, it only got weirder!

        Is this digimon or what, lol! It certainly does make way for a Sadako vs Kayako 2, but meh!

  8. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    This was such a fun read, thanks Wuxia Rocks 😀

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Thanks ChocolateCosmos for the read! Glad you had fun. 🙂

  9. 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

    Hahaha reading your review makes it feel like a comedy ^^”
    I never watched either of the originals (can’t stand horror movies) and wouldn’t have watched this weird fusion but this was a pretty entertaining read. That title though… misleading ><

    • 22 thoughts on “Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) Review

      Thank you for reading Yun! 🙂

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