sequels like this tend to either stick too closely to the formula created by the previous film(s) or, worse, stray too far from the initial mythology (see the matrix sequels). this one got pretty strange and focused far too much on the odd little boy. it wasn’t all that atmospheric or scary and lacked the good ideas that the original had. it’s directed by the same guy who did ringu (which i found to be inferior to the american remake by verbinski) and it’s also the same guy who is doing a remake of the eye – another so-so japanese horror film. by the way – i’ve seen ringu, but somehow forgot to put it on my list.