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Kazuyuki Asakawa (倉橋 雅美)
First appearance

Ring

Last appearance

Ring 2

Relatives

Unknown

Gender

Female

Occupation

Student

Status

Deceased

Portrayed by

Hitomo Satō

Masami Kurahashi (倉橋 雅美 Kurahashi Masami) is a supporting character in the Japanese films, appearing in Ring and Ring 2. She learns from her best friend Tomoko of the Cursed Videotape, and to her horror, Tomoko is killed by Sadako Yamamura. She ends up in hospital under care.

HistoryEdit

RingEdit

Ringu-2-1999-5

Masami, when she saw Sadako emerging out from the TV

In the novel and the film, Masami and Tomoko are doing homework at Tomoko's home when Masami strikes up a conversation regarding the mysterious rumours of a cursed videotape. Masako explains to Tomoko that a young boy apparently tried to record a sports event on television but ended up finding an odd video where a woman warned the boy he had watched the tape and a week later he died.

Masami laughs at her own joke but notices Tomoko is clearly disturbed. Tomoko reveals she went to Izu Pacific Land Resort with her boyfriend Iwata and two others, where they watched said cursed videotape, Tomoko assuming her week is almost up. However, she reveals she is joking and admits to Masami that she slept with Iwata. As the two playfight, the telephone downstairs in the kitchen rings. Masami realises Tomoko was telling the truth and races downstairs to answer the phone to protect her friend. The two confront the phone, Masami answering it and quickly hands it over to Tomoko, who learns her mother has called. Masami collapses to the floor in a fit of laughter as Tomoko ends the phone call. Masami heads to the toilet, leaving Tomoko alone.

At this point, as seen in Ring 2, Masami returns to find a strange light flashing in the lounge and opens the door, seeing Sadako's head sticking out of the television after killing Tomoko. The experience traumatised Masami and she is hospitalised, not attending Tomoko's funeral.

Ring 2Edit

A couple of weeks after the events of the first film, Mai Takano and Okazaki investigate the death of Ryuji Takayama and Reiko Asakawa's disappearance. They learn that Masami is still in hospital and decide to visit her. They meet her psychiatrist and doctor Ishi Kawajiri who has discovered Masami has inherited Sadako's Nensha powers, images from the videotape imprinting themselves on photos he took of her.

A nurse visits Masami in her room and suggests she takes a walk. Masami silently objects, but the nurse realises she is still scared of the television in the patients' activity room. The nurse guides Masami down a corridor using a wheeled curtain to block out the view of the television. However, Masami tries to overcome her phobia and steps out from behind the curtain and walks into the middle of the activity room to look at the TV. However, her psychic powers, obtained via her brief encounter with Sadako, begin to act up and cause images of the tape to appear on the TV, throwing the mental patients present to panic. Masami collapses and spots Mai, asking her for help. Mai grabs her hand, and witnesses a flashback from Masami's point of view, seeing Sadako in the television. Mai releases Tomoko who cries for help, actually acting as a speaker for the mute Yoichi. Dr. Kawajiri has Masami restrained and removed.

Mai later visits the hospital again to talk to Dr. Kawajiri but is shocked to find Masami is being used in an experiment. Dr. Kawajiri explains he wishes to exorcise Sadako's influence from Masami via energy transfer, having Masami project the images in her mind onto a blank tape. Mai, Okazai, Dr. Kawajiri and Detective Keiji Omuta watch what unfolds, but the images of the tape are projected. A mass electrical surge sweeps through the equipment present, Dr. Kawajiri's nurse alerting Dr. Kawajiri to Masami. The two run to her, but Masami has died in her chair.

TriviaEdit

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