The original story was written by Koji Suzuki and translated by Robert B. Rohmer and Glynne Walley.
Kazuyuki Asakawa was a reporter and the uncle of a deceased teenager. He discovered that they had watched a mysterious videotape at a resort. Apparently, according to the videotape, once one watched the tape, the person had seven days to live. The message with way to stop this was erased by an advertisement. Kazuyuki had a horrible feeling about this video…..
1) spreading of a virus: Anyone watching the video helped the spread the negative energy. Smallpox was mentioned and was a virus. A virus didn’t always have to be a physical illness.
2) ripple effect: The action of one person can cause a detrimental effect to those around that person. The evil deeds of someone of authority was the worse.
There was a sad and tragic story behind this tale of terror. I felt both angry and sad, as I read about the memories and the past of the main characters. Definitely not what I had expected after watching the horror movies.