THE PERILOUS INTERNET RING (2020) Reviews of Chinese J-horror hybrid


The Perilous Internet Ring is a 2020 Chinese horror feature film about a female college student investigating a series of mysterious deaths. The puzzle involves a cursed internet novel that causes its readers to die.

Directed by Japanese filmmaker Norio Tsuruta (Talk to the Dead; Orochi: Blood; Premonition; Scarecrow; Ring 0) from a screenplay written by Ma Boyong (who also executive produced), based on popular internet novel She Died On QQ, the Dasheng Legend production stars Sun Yi Han (The Monkey King 3; My Heart Leaps Up).

“We loved the Ringu trilogy and our story demanded a high-calibre Japanese horror director to bring it to life,” said Ma Boyong. “We wanted to create something never done before on Chinese screens.”

“Tsuruta is bringing the celebrated J-horror aesthetic to Chinese cinema, while carefully navigating the boundaries of the genre within what’s allowed to pass for Chinese screens,” said sales company Autumn Sun founder Elliot Tong. “The result is a contemporary and cool hybrid.”


” …the script, by five writers including Tsuruta, is clumsy and lumpy, with most of the plot explained in two speeches during the second half. Direction and performances are lacklustre, evoking dozens of other Mainland budget horrors rather than classic Japanese horror of the late 1980s/early 1990s.” Sino-Cinema


The Perilous Internet Ring was released in China on October 30th 2020, coinciding with Halloween, and had grossed $1.7m (RMB11.3m) as of November 10th.

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