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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
"Ju-on" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  25 January 2003 (Japan)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yui Ichikawa ...
Kanji Tsuda ...
Kayoko Shibata ...
Yukako Kukuri ...
Shuri Matsuda ...
Yôji Tanaka ...
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Hideo Sakaki ...
Fukushi Sentâ Jimuin
Takashi Matsuyama ...
Chikara Ishikura ...


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?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 January 2003 (Japan)  »

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Ju-on  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$498,331 (Spain) (14 November 2003)


$325,661 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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Did You Know?


This film is the third installment of the Ju-on series. The film was preceded by two low budget films from 2000, whose storylines are continued in this sequel. See more »


When Rika's in the shower, she has a lot of shampoo in her hair. Yet right before Kayoko's hand appears, the shampoo vanishes. See more »


[repeated line]
Hirohashi: Thanks for the effort.
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Followed by Ju-on: The Final Curse (2015) See more »


Kagi ga akanai
Music by Hiroyuki Hamamoto
Lyrics by Kei Noguchi
Performed by Suitei Shôjo
Courtesy of Epic Records Japan
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20 October 2004 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Before the film started, I read some quotes from famous American directors praising the Grudge and calling it one of the most frightening films of all time. I was a little nervous about seeing it, but excited that it had gotten such positive attention from filmmakers. That moment before the film started was much more frightening than anything in the actual film. To be generous, I have to say that some of the attempts to scare the audience are innovative. Sadly, nothing here is scary. I had a really hard time caring and was confused by the disjointed and tangential structure of the film. Sometimes the lack of logic in a horror film can work it's benefit. Not the case here. Seeing this film reminded me of why I hate formulaic slasher films. sure, there are some interesting things here, but nothing really gells. I love Asian horror films in general, but this seemed slight compared to the films of Miike, Nakata, K. Kurosawa and the Pang brothers which are getting easier to find in neighborhood video stores.

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