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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

Ju-on (original title)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director:

Takashi Shimizu

Writer:

Takashi Shimizu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megumi Okina ... Rika Nishina
Misaki Itô ... Hitomi Tokunaga
Misa Uehara ... Izumi Tôyama
Yui Ichikawa Yui Ichikawa ... Chiharu
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Katsuya Tokunaga
Kayoko Shibata Kayoko Shibata ... Mariko
Yukako Kukuri Yukako Kukuri ... Miyuki
Shuri Matsuda Shuri Matsuda ... Kazumi Tokunaga
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Yûji Tôyama
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Keibiin
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... Fukushi Sentâ Jimuin
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo Saeki
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio
Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Chikara Ishikura Chikara Ishikura ... Hirohashi
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Storyline

In Japan, when the volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, she is cursed and chased by two revengeful fiends: Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband and her son Toshio. Each person that lives in or visits the haunted house is murdered or disappears. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When a grudge from the dead passes to the living - Who is safe?

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ju-on See more »

Filming Locations:

Nerima, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,446, 25 July 2004

Gross USA:

$325,680

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,004,709
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shuri Matsuda and Yukako Kukuri, who play Kazumi and Miyuki, are friends of Takashi Shimizu in real life, and cast them in the film as a result. See more »

Goofs

The curse spreads like a virus as established by the film series. Anybody who enters the house is now cursed, and so is anybody who meets that person, and someone who met that person, and so on and so forth. Although Miyuki never entered the house, she is friends with Izumi who did enter the house and even unintentionally got her friends killed as a result by making them go inside with her. Miyuki should not have survived the events of the film if going by the rules that are established. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Hirohashi: Thanks for the effort.
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Soundtracks

Kagi ga akanai
Music by Hiroyuki Hamamoto
Lyrics by Kei Noguchi
Performed by Suitei Shôjo
Courtesy of Epic Records Japan
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Not bad, one of the better ones
9 November 2004 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

With obvious homages to Ring, The Grudge could be accused of an element of plagiarism. That doesn't, however, detract from the fact it's a pretty decent picture, and one of the better Tartan Asia Extreme movies.

First things first - I *love* Ring, and of course, I mean the Japanese original. That film is by far and away the greatest horror flick ever devised and goes above and beyond what I ever expected a movie to do. However, it also instigated a ready conveyor belt of substandard imitators from the same shores ready to cash in on this unique success. Dire nonsense like the hollow Dark Water, the dull and over stylised Eye, the truly pitiful Phone and the slightly bizarre Audition haven't truly come close to the level of Ring.

Now, while Grudge isn't quite up there with the very best horror films, as far as these Asian efforts go, it's definitely one of the more effective selections.

Megumi Okina is Rika, a volunteer homehelper. On being assigned to a family whose regular assistant is temporarily unavailable, she encounters the mother of the family who seems unresponsive. However, after a disturbing incident at the family home, Rika finds herself seemingly haunted by some kind of entity and everyone who gets involved in the case seems to endure the same trauma.

It's a slightly convoluted story to explain, but it works pretty well on screen. As usual the Japanese acting is generally pretty bland, but a few loud screams certainly add colour.

The main 'bad guy' seems to be some type of ghostly being, and while it doesn't utterly terrify, it definitely brings a few chills. The only real problem is we see too much of it, and not enough is left to our imagination ala Ring. This takes away a certain air mystery and fear. Moreover, the fact the entity resembles the symbolic Japanese girl with long black hair we've come to expect in the likes of Ring and Dark Water slightly detracts from notions of originality.

However, this is redeemed by some pretty effective direction and camera-work, which aid to promote certain wrongness about what is going on.

Perhaps a few aspects don't altogether make complete sense, but there's enough style here to paper over such cracks.

Movies like this do go to show that when it comes to horror, the Far East have a handle over the Western world.

It's by no means the most brilliant horror I've ever seen, but it's definitely not bad and if you're up for a chill or 2, you could do far worse.


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